Dr B.Prabhakara Rao has obtained B.Tech., and M.Tech from S.V. University, Tirupathi with Specializations in Electronics & Communications Engineering , Electronic Instrumentation & Communications Systems   in the years 1979 and 1981 respectively. He has received the PhD degree from Institute of Science, Bangalore in the area of Sonar Signal processing in the year 1995.

Dr Rao joined the Teaching profession at the level of Assistant Professor in the JNT University in the Year 1982. Later he became Associate Professor & Professor in   Electronics & Communication Engineering in the years 1995 & 2003. He served the University in many positions as Officer in Charge of Library, Head of the Dept and Vice Principal, Director (Institute of Science & Technology) , Director of Evaluation and Director of Foreign Universities Relations, Director-Admissions during in the years 2001-2003, 2003-2006, 2007-2008 , January 2009 – October 2010 and October 2010 to Feb 2012, Feb 2012 to August 2012,November 2012 respectively. Dr Rao also served as Vice Chancellor i/c for JNT University, Kakinada from 10th November 2014 to 10th April 2015 and Rector from June 2013 to August 2017.Presently he is working as Program Director, School of Nanotechnology , IST, JNTUK from September 2017 in JNT University, Kakinada.                            

Thirty PhDs are awarded under his guidance and 22 Research Scholars are actively working. He has published Research Papers in 182 International & National Journals & 134 International & National Conferences.  He also organised 29 National and International workshops and attended 11 short term courses in the areas of communications and signal processing and 81 International and National  Conferences/ Seminars.

Dr Rao received “Best Teacher Award” and “Best Researcher Award” from JNT University, Kakinada in the year 2009 .  Dr Rao privileged with “State Best Teacher Award”  for the year 2010 by the Government of Andhra Pradesh on 5th September 2010(Teacher’s day) from Shri D. Sridhar Babu , Hon’ble Higher Education Minister A.P Govt. Dr Rao was honoured with “ Life Time Achievement Award of the Year 2015” from Association of Scientists, Developers and Faculties (ASDF) and  Office of Prime Minister  held on 30th December 2015 at Puducherrry, Republic  of India

Dr Rao visited St Louis, USA, Las Vegas USA and Singapore, Kuala lumpur, Malaysia to present Research papers in December 2007, June 2009 & September 2012 and September 2013.