National Collegiate Honors Council



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Published in Honors in Practice, Volume 7. Copyright 2011 National Collegiate Honors Council


Vishnu (Vic) Narain Bhatia was one of the founders of the National Collegiate Honors Council in the early 1960s, and his influence was prominent in the organization for the next three decades.

Born in Lucknow, India, and having received his BS in Pharmacy from Banaras Hindu University, he immigrated to the United States in 1947. After earning his MS and PhD in pharmacy at the University of Iowa, he was offered a faculty position in the College of Pharmacy at Washington State University in 1952, and he remained on the faculty there for forty-seven years. He became Associate Chair of the Washington State University Honors Council in 1961 and held the directorship of the program from 1964 until 1993. For much of that time (1971-1990), he was also Director of WSU International Programs, but he was always known principally as the architect of the WSU Honors Program.