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ICHR chief Sudershan Rao resigns in a huff

NEW DELHI : On November 24 Indian Council of HistoricalY.Sudershan Rao Research (ICHR) chief Yellapragchada Sudershan Rao submitted his resignation from the top history body
completing just 16 months on the job. He cited “personal reasons” in the resignation letter sent to the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

There were reports that he was unhappy after the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry turned down a proposal to grant him an honorarium of
Rs 1.5 lakh. However Mr. Rao said that he had put in his papers and was awaiting the ministry’s response.

Mr. Rao, who retired from Kakatiya University Department, had been appointed for a term of three years.

The appointment of Mr. Rao, who is learnt to be a member of the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana, had also been a controversial one and
drew criticism from other historians.

When contacted, Mr. Rao said that he had “resigned because of personal reasons” adding that he did not wish to speak more as he was awaiting a response from
the ministry.

A proposal to grant Mr. Rao an honorarium was discussed at the 81st meeting of the General Council of ICHR on September 23 where it found support of the
Council members and was sent to the HRD ministry.

Ministry officials confirmed Mr. Rao’s resignation citing “personal reasons” but said that a decision in this regard will be taken.

They also added that the position of ICHR chairman is an honorary position.

Many of the views expressed by Mr. Rao were also quite controversial. He had in a blog said that ancient caste system worked well, which had attracted

One year after, CSIR
is still headless

NEW DELHI: The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), country biggest research organisation with numerous laboratories in the country has been running without a de jure boss for over a year.

What's worse is that during the  period of these 12 months science ministry saw three science ministers and a candidate was selected three times.

Dr P S Ahuja, Director of Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (IHBT), Palampur who was holding additional charge of CSIR director general, concluded his term on December 31 as the Prime Minister’s Office did not grant him an extension.

According to a ministry source a suitable candidate was identified three times in the last one year but the final selection was scuttled each time.The science minister’s chair was occupied
by S Jaipal Reddy, Jitendra Singh and Harsh Vardhan in these 12 months.

The post of CSIR director general was advertised yet again on December 24 seeking nomination from the public by January 10, 2015.

The last advertisement appeared a week after a conflict of interest charge surfaced against R A Mashelkar, former director general and one of the members of the last selection panel. The
panel picked up biologist Rajesh Gokhale, director of Institute for Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi.

Gokhale, however, is also the co-founder of a company named Vyom Biosciences and Mashelkar is the chairman of the board of directors of the firm. In absence of a full time director general, not only are CSIR projects moving in an unguided manner, but several laboratories do not have a full time director either.Dr Suresh Das

After previous chief S K Brahmachari’s retirement on December 31, 2013, a selection panel proposed the name of Suresh Das as the next chief of the Rs 3,700-crore research council but he could not be appointed due to objections from then minister, Jaipal Reddy.

After keeping the process hanging for three months, the search committee was reconstituted and tasked to find out Brahmachari’s replacement. The panel once again proposed the name of Das, who heads National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram.

As Das was not selected, then department of science and technology secretary T Ramasami was asked to officiate.

Following Ramasami’s retirement on April 30, CSIR was being run by Ahuja since May 8, 2014 as his additional charge.



 John Varghese to head Delhi's St. Stephen's

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 theProf John Varghese 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 principal. 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

TIRUPATI : Dr. Avula Damodaram, a Professor in Computer Science and Director of Academics and Planning at JNTU Hyderabad, took over as the Vice-ChAvula Damodaramancellor of Sri Venkateswara University (SVU), here on November 2.

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.

Sanjay Deshmukh is Mumbai varsity VC

MUMBAI: Sanjay Deshmukh, a life sciences professor at the Mumbai University, will take over as the vice-chancellor on July 7. The five-year termSanjay Deshmukh of incumbent Rajan Welukar ends on July 6.

Deshmukh’s appointment was announced by the Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on June 20.

Earlier a three-member search committee comprising former Supreme Court judge BN Srikrishna , National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) director, Satish Wate and additional chief secretary (home), KP Bakshi interviewed 19 shortlisted candidates out of the 150 plus applicants and handed over a panel of names to the Chancellor who interviewed the applicants.

Deshmukh has more than 20 years of work experience in development and planning and has contributed to various research and development projects in the country. Deshmukh was appointed as professor of life sciences at the university in January 2005. He was principal scientist at the Bombay Natural History Society during 1995-1999. He was also the director,
research, at Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini during 2001-2003.

Outgoing vice- chancellor Welukar’s tenure was marred by several court cases and allegations by former pro vice-chancellor of the university.

J L Kaul appointed HNB Gharwal University VC

DEHRADUN : Jawahar Lal Kaul, a Delhi University professor of International Trade Laws has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Gahrwal University, Srinagar.Prof Jawahar Lal Kaul The appointment was announced on November 20, 2014 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi.

Prof Kaul was working as the Vice-Chancellor of Vikram University in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, but has deep roots in the national capital and has been quite active in the higher education field.

A couple of unfortunate incidents in Ujjain in September this year had left Prof Kaul a shattered person and he had been planning to quit Vikram University since then.

His appointment to HNB Gharwal University top post comes nearly eight months late during which the functioning of the university had come to a grinding halt.

Kaul was earlier working as a professor in the law department in Delhi University and was the Dean of School of Law in the university, before joining Vikram University.

He was also awarded fellowship by International Institute of Public Law and International Law, Greece, in 1990. He was awarded University Grants Commission-sponsored project ‘Globalisation’ in 2012.

He was awarded Hague External programme fellowship in 1990 by ISIL, New Delhi. He was also awarded fellowship by International Institute of Public Law and International Law, Greece in 1990. Dr Kaul has been a fellow of Institute of Globalisation and International Regulation, Maastricht University since 2008.

Dr Kaul has authored a book ‘ Human Rights and Good Governance’ in 2008. He has written many articles in his subject of specialisation and attended several national and international conferences and seminars.

Dr Kaul is member of Executive Council, Indian Society of International Law and president of All India Law Teachers Congress.

P K Radhakrishnan is Kerala varsity VC

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : Dr P.K. Radhakrishnan, a Professor at the School of Chemical Sciences of the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam has been appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Kerala.

Prof P K RadhakrishnanThe appointmwnt, made by the Kerala Governor-Chancellor Nikhil Kumar, was formally announced on February 22.

A member of the Executive Council of the Central University of Kerala, Dr. Radhakrishnan has been on several Boards of Studies apart from being a Senate member at the M.G. University and Cusat, Kochi. He was a member of the Syndicate and Academic Council of the M.G. University as well.

A native of Karunagapally, Dr. Radhakrishnan had got admission to study Medical Sciences (MBBS) under the open merit category after his pre-degree, but his love for Chemistry made him turn down that option.

He was the first rank holder, both for B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Kerala. He is also a recipient of the Dr. S. Vasudev Memorial Prize in 1991 for best research work from the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.

Katoch elevated to Palampur varsity VC's post

PALAMPUR : Dr Krishan Kumar Katoch, Director, Extension Education at  Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwavidyalaya,
(CSKHPKV), Palampur has been elevated and appointed Vice-Chancellor ofKrishan Kumar Katoch the university.

His appointment was announced by the state government on July 31,2014. His term will be of three years or till he attains the age of 65 years.

Sources here said Katoch's name was cleared by the Governor-Chancellor of  Himachal Pradesh. Katoch was invited to Raj Bhawan in Shimla on July 31 informed about his appointment.

The previous two VCs of the university, including Tej Pratap and
SK Sharma, had come from the Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR).

Katoch was born in the Jawalamukhi area of Kangra district. He had his school education from the Himachal Pradesh Board of School Education. He did BSc and MSc in agriculture from the Centre of Punjab Agriculture University at Palampur in 1976 and 1978, respectively.

He did his PhD in agriculture, physics and soil physics.

Katoch started his professional career as soil scientist in the ICAR at Almora in UP. He joined Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University at Palampur as an extension specialist in 1987. Since then he has been working in the Extension Education Department of the university in various positions. Presently, he has been serving as Director, Extension Education.

He has to his credit eight books and 29 research publications. He is credited with helping in opening up Kishan Call Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendra's in Himachal Pradesh.


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