Prof K.P. Pandey, Former Director, International Centre for Distance Education Learning of Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (HP), Emeritus Fellow of UGC and former Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi is the Director of SHEPA. He is an eminent academician and a well known educational administrator. He holds M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. degree and TEP (Michigan of USA) under a Fulbright program of 1968-69. Prior to his joining of SHEPA he headed a number of Departments, Divisions and Directorates of various Universities such as Meerut University (formerly Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut), Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (HP) and Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, Varanasi (UP).
He has designed, conducted and taught various application oriented professional courses in the areas of Teacher Education, Management and Computer Assisted Teaching and Learning (CALT). He has been a member and chairperson of numerous visiting committees set up by the apex level organizations in the country such as the NCTE, NCERT, NIEPA and the UGC.
In addition to the national and international level research projects relating to ET, IT and value-based education he has to his credit the experience of guiding 105 Ph.D. researchers and authoring 30 books besides 50 monographs. In the year 2009, the All India Achievers Foundation, New Delhi honoured him by SHIKSHA BHARTI Puraskar, Life Time Achievement Award (with gold Medal) and Bharat Gaurav Award (with Gold Medal).