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.
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
Kumar Ray gets second 4-year term at BESU
CALCUTTA : On
August 29, 2013 Prof Ajoy Kumar Ray was appointed
vice-chancellor of Bengal Engineering and Science
University (Besu) for the second consecutive term.
BESU Chancellor M.K. Narayanan, approved the
appointment, state government sources said.
Ray will remain at the helm of the university for a full
four-year term. He had taken over as Besu
vice-chancellor in 2009. After his term ended in
February, he was given a six-month extension, which was
to expire on August 31.
“My priority is perpetuating excellence in engineering
education and research,” Ray said, adding that his aim
was to upgrade Besu to an IIEST (Indian Institute of
Engineering Science and Technology). He has initiated a
revision of the master’s curriculum and wants to improve
The government had set up a three-member-search
committee comprising M. Anandakrishnan, chairman of IIT
Kanpur, Srikumar Banerjee, former chairman of the Atomic
Energy Commission of India, and Sugata Marjit, the
chairman of the West Bengal Council of Higher Education,
to select a VC. Anandakrishnan was the Chancellor’s
nominee, Banerjee the BESU court nominee and Marjit the
The panel drew up a short list of three names, including
Ray’s, three weeks ago. The government forwarded the
list of names to the Chancellor.
elevated to Palampur varsity VC's post
PALAMPUR : Dr
Krishan Kumar Katoch, Director, Extension Education at
Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi
(CSKHPKV), Palampur has been elevated and appointed
His appointment was
announced by the state government on July 31. His term
will be of three years or till he attains the age of 65
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
Kendre to head National School of Drama
NEW DELHI : Marathi
theatre veteran Waman Kendre will be the new director of
the National School of Drama (NSD), sources have said
year’s vacuum and stage-like twists to fill the slot.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by the
Prime Minister, picked actor-director Kendre over
actress Arundhati Nag, favoured by a search panel of
stage doyens, and Abdul Latif Khatana, recommended by
the Culture Ministry.
The panel of Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad and others had
shortlisted Nag (56), Kendre (54) and Abdul Latif
Khatana (52) in November last year. The panel said the
names were in order of priority but specified they
preferred Nag, though she had not applied for the job.
Nag works in Hindi and Kannada films and runs a cultural
institute. She won the best supporting actress National
Award for Paa, playing Vidya Balan’s mother.
But earlier this month, the Culture Ministry forwarded
the name of Khatana, a Kashmiri and an NSD alumnus, with
sources saying he was minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch’s
Last week, the file went to the Prime Minister’s Office
and details were sought about the three candidates
suggested by the search panel. “The government must have
felt that since Nag had not even applied, she should not
be picked. Kendre was next, so he was the obvious
choice,” a senior ministry official said.
Kendre is an NSD post-graduate with research in folk
theatre of Kerala. He belongs to the nomadic Vanjara
tribal community of Marathwada and was one of the
leading lights of the Dalit theatre movement in
Maharashtra in the late 70s.
De is new director of IIM Shillong
SHILLONG : On June
17 Prof Amitabha De took over as the new director of the
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong here.
De was a professor at National Institute of
Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, before joining
as the director of IIM Shillong.
He holds an M.Sc and a Ph.D degree from the University
of Calcutta and has widespread expertise in ergonomics,
human factors engineering, biomechanics, executive work
and work stress, and human factors in technology
The post had been lying vacant for nearly a year, since
Prof AK Dutta, retired in July last year.
Prior to joining IIM Shillong, Prof De has undertaken
various research projects sponsored by Government of
India and various industries related to his expertise.
He has also taken on various consulting assignments
guiding corporate houses and encompassing industries
like manufacturing, petroleum, airline, and chemicals.
He was also member in two national committees in the
Ministry of Labour & Welfare, Government of India.
N Jena appointed VC of Utkal culture varsity
BHUBANESHWAR : On
May 20 sociologist Debendra Nath Jena took over as the
vice-chancellor of Utkal University of Culture here.
post had been lying vacant after the tenure of Amiya
Kumar Pattanayak expired in February. Culture secretary
Ashok Tripathy had been holding the additional charge of
Reacting to the news,
Jena, former registrar of Utkal University, said filling
vacant teaching posts and infrastructure development
topped his priority list.
Jena, who retired as a professor of sociology from Utkal
University (UU) this year said “I will prepare an agenda
and submit it to the state government for approval,” he
said, adding that he was also looking into the
completion of the university’s permanent campus at
Madanpur on the outskirts of the city.
Around 26 applicants, mostly faculty members from the
state varsity, and some outsiders, had applied for the
top post at the culture university.
A three-member search-cum-selection committee including
parliamentarian Kapila Vatsyayana, former Sambalpur
University VC and Odissi dancer Priyambada Mohanty
Hejmadi and litterateur Sitakant Mohapatra had
shortlisted three candidates.
Chairman of the State Council for Educational Research
and Training Nihar Ranjan Patnaik, and professor of
ancient history at Utkal University Sadasiba Pradhan
were also in the race for the post.