Professor Jain is an internationally reputed scholar of earthquake engineering and recognized as one of the most dynamic educators in India. He is currently serving his third 5-year term as director of the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, which he joined as founder director in June 2009. He was on the faculty of IIT Kanpur for 35 years from 1984-2019.
Prof Jain received a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee) and a Masters and a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He served as President of the International Association for Earthquake Engineering during 2014 to 2018. He was elected Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering in 2003, and was conferred Padma Shri by the President of India in 2020.