Prof. C. Upender Rao at present is the Chairperson of Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies at JNU, New Delhi, India. He is engaged in teaching and research of Sanskrit and Pali languages and literatures in Special Centre for Sanskrit Studies. He wrote various scholarly articles in Sanskrit, Hindi, Telugu and English. He was presented the Kadambari Award, Delhi Gourav Samman, Samskrita Seva Samman and Vidya Sagar Award. His research papers have been published in various reputed journals in India and abroad and he has authored/edited 15 books. He was the visiting professor in National University of Keiv Mohyla Academy, at Keiv, Belarusian State University, Minsk, and L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, Astana, Kazakhstan, where he taught Sanskrit language and Vedic and Buddhist philosophies. Prof. Rao held various administrative positions and he is a member of Jury of World Sanskrit Award, ICCR, Government of India and executive, court and academic councils of JNU, India.