From Navin Mishra
HYDERABAD : On July 25 Telangana government
announced the appointment of seven vice-chancellors for
its state universities in one go. Their term will be for
three years from the day they take charge.
Prof S. Ramachandram, professor of Computer Science
and Engineering at the University College of Engineering
of Osmania University (OU) was elevated and appointed
Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University. The university
will celebrate its centenary next year, preparation for
which must begin now.
The VC's post in Osmania University has been lying
vacant since July 14, 2014 after Prof. S. Satyanarayana
concluded his three-year term.
Prof A. Venugopal Reddy, a retired professor of
Computer Science and Engineering at OU, has been
appointed Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru
Technological University, Hyderabad while R. Sayanna, a
retired professor of Physics at OU, has been chosen to
head Kakatiya University, Warangal that was the focal
point of the movement for statehood to Telangana along
with OU a few years ago.
Prof. Sayanna, assumed charge of Kakatiya University
on July 26. He hails from Koratpally, Dichapally mandal
of Nizamabad mandal. He completed M.Sc in 1980 and Ph.D
in Physics in 1988. He began his career as a junior
lecturer in 1981 and became a degree college lecturer in
1983. He joined Osmania University as assistant
professor in 1989, and became professor of Physics in
Similarly, the government has appointed K.
Seetharama Rao, a retired professor of Public
Administration and Human Resource Management in KU as
the Vice-Chancellor of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University
here and S.V. Satyanarayana, a retired Professor of
Telugu at OU as the Vice-Chancellor of Potti Sreeramulu
Further, Pasula Sambaiah, a retired professor of
Public Administration and Human Resource Management at
KU, has been appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Telangana
University at Dichpally in Nizamabad while B.
Rajarathnam, a professor of Commerce at OU, as the
Vice-Chancellor of Palamuru University in Mahabubnagar.
Prof. Sambaiah, took charge amidst applause from
teaching and non-teaching staff at his chambers at the
varsity campus here on Monday. Arriving at the campus in
the morning, he waited for the government order till
evening to take charge. Registrar Prof. R. Limbadri,
University College principal Prof. P. Kanakaiah, and
head of department of mass communication K. Rajaram,
among others, received the Vice-Chancellor and honoured
him with shawls and bouquets.
The vice-chancellors posts have been lying vacant
for quite some time and the universities were being
handled by special officers or officiating VCs. The
appointments are subject to judgement in a writ petition
(PIL) pending in the High Court.
Yogesh Singh is VC of
Delhi tech varsity
NEW DELHI : Prof
Yogesh Singh has been appointed new vice-chancellor of
Delhi Technological University (DTU).
Singh was the director of
Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and had
additional charge of the DTU VC since September 2015.
“DTU is a very renowned university but I am going to
work to improve the teaching and learning process. These
days we have seen that students are not finding
engineering subjects interesting so I would like to
bring in some experimental teaching ,” Singh said on
The former VC, Pradeep Kumar, had resigned in August
2015, four years prior to his term coming to an end. The
VC prior to him, PB Sharma was asked to go on leave by
the Delhi government following allegation of recruitment
scam complaint by teachers.
DTU is a Delhi government run-institution which was
formally known as Delhi College of Engineering. It was
made a university in 2009.
Singh hopes he will be able to take the university
to new levels with Technology Business Incubation Centre
which has already been started. “We have already
identified six students to whom we will be providing
seed funds ranging from ` 2-10 lakh. Delhi government
has also given ` 5 crore for this purpose,” he said.
With Ph.D in computer engineering, Singh is closely
associated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha
University. He has served as dean, University School of
Information technology, controller of examinations and
director student’s welfare at the university.
Yogesh Tyagi takes over at Delhi
NEW DELHI: On March
10 Prof. Yogesh K Tyagi formally took over as the 22nd
Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, succeeding
professor Dinesh Singh
whose term ended in October.
Before taking over at
Delhi University he was Dean Faculty of Legal Studies at
South Asian University (SAU) here. Before that, he
taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, from where he
completed a PhD in Legal Studies. A religious
man, he performed a small puja before assuming office.
Speaking to reporters after the takeover he said his
immediate concern would be to clear the confusion over
the grading mechanism under the Choice-based Credit
“There could be mistakes as a vice chancellor, but I
will always work with honesty. I will try to get views
from everyone and move forward in the endeavour,” he
Several former V-Cs of DU and those from other
universities were present on the campus to welcome him.
Upendra Baxi, former VC, talked about what he called
"the importance of two As" in a university— Autonomy and
Accountability. “You will be the VC who will see the
centenary celebration of the varsity,” he said.
Deepak Pental, asked Tyagi to distinguish between good
academics and good administrators.
The vice-chancellors of Jamia Millia Islamia,
Gujarat University and Lucknow Law University Talat
Ahmad, HC Patel and Gurdip Singh, respectively, were
among those present to welcome Tyagi.
Amitabh Mattoo, adviser to the Jammu and Kashmir
chief minister, was also present.
Tyagi was appointed after his name was selected by
President Pranab Mukherjee from a panel of four persons.
A week before the HRD ministry had forwarded four
names to the President who, as Visitor of Central
Universities, made the final selection. Apart from
Tyagi, the other names on the panel were JNU professor
Rameshwar Nath Kaul Bamezai, former IIT professor and
UPSC member Hemchand Gupta and Bidyut Chakraborty, a
professor in the DU Political Science department.
According to reports, Tyagi was the front-runner for
the position as he was the HRD ministry's choice.
John Varghese to head Delhi's St.
NEW DELHI : John
Varghese, the man who had left St Stephen's College in a
huff years ago has been named as the new Principal of
college, according to an announcement made by the
out-going Princial Valson Thampu.
Making the announcment on
February 10 Thampu said that a "great injustice" had
been "corrected" by his selection as the college's 13th
He will take charge next month, capping a journey that
saw him quit his lecturer's job in the Delhi institute
in the nineties after he was not made permanent.
"He was a victim of prejudice. There is a belief
that Christian intellectuals are dull and unfit to
teach. Professor Varghese, who was an ad hoc lecturer
then, appeared for an interview to be made permanent but
was not selected, because of this prejudice," Thampu
told The Telegraph.
Last year, Stephen's had drawn flak for filling
seven out of eight vacancies with Christians.
Varghese, a class topper from Chennai's Loyola
College who did his doctoral thesis on Thomas Hardy
currently teaches communication at the School of
Interdisciplinary Studies in Hyderabad's English and
Foreign Languages University but is better known as co-ordinator
of the placement cell.
The principal's post is reserved for Protestants.
Two others, including Stephen's English professor and
spokesperson Karen Gabriel and chemistry teacher Susan
Varghese of St. John's College, Agra, had been
shortlisted. Only five applications were received
despite the impending vacancy being advertised twice.
Avula Damodaram is VC of SVU,
TIRUPATI : Dr.
Avula Damodaram, a Professor in Computer Science and
Director of Academics and Planning at JNTU Hyderabad,
took over as the Vice-Chancellor
of Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), here on November
Soon after taking over, he told reporters that
imparting quality education would be his priority.
“Achieving this should be our prime objective in the
coming days and we all should work together as a team.
Only then we can turn SVU into the top position and
contribute towards the Chief Minister N. Chandrababu
Naidu’s vision and dream of turning Tirupati into an
‘Education Hub’,” he added, eliciting support from
teaching as well as non-teaching members of the varsity.
Dr. Damodaram also stressed on the need for
revamping the existing curriculum on par with the global
standards, so as to offer comprehensive education for
the students, particularly with a job oriented approach.
He further said that steps would be taken in this
direction and the changes would be implemented from the
next academic year.
Lauding the research being
carried out at the varsity, Dr. Damodaram called upon
for more extensive contributions from the researchers
and faculty. “Besides this, focus will be centred on
conducting examinations in a systematic manner and also
on releasing the results at the earliest,” he observed.