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Satheesh Reddy takes DRDO charge
HYDERABAD : On August 27 Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
formally took over as the 13th Chairman
of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
24 the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had
approved his appointment as DRDO chief and Scientific
Adviser to Defence Minister.
appointment marks the Pearl anniversary (30 years) of
Research Centre Imarat (RCI) laboratory’s existence,
where Mr Reddy had joined as a young scientist and was
nurtured by the late Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Reddy has spent over three decades at the Missiles
Complex and has become the 4th person from RCI after Dr
Kalam, Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat and Dr Avinash Chander to
There are 52 laboratories under DRDO and 13 scientists
across this establishment have gone ahead and become
Chairman of DRDO.
is well known for his contributions to indigenous
design, development, deployment of diversified Missiles
& Strategic Systems, Guided Weapons, Avionics
technologies and for sustained efforts in advancement of
Aerospace technologies & Industries in India.
He graduated in Electronics and Communication
Engineering from JNTU, Anantapur and received his M.S &
Ph.D from JNTU Hyderabad. He joined Defence Research and
Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in 1986 and
subsequently joined Research Centre Imarat (RCI), the
brain child of Dr Kalam, after its formation.
elevated as Distinguished Scientist in Sep 2014 and was
appointed as Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister in
As SA to Defence Minister he was pivotal in evolving
roadmap for self-sufficiency in Missiles. As Director
General, Missiles and Strategic Systems (DG, MSS), he
spearheaded Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex
Laboratories - ASL, DRDL and RCI, ITR, TBRL & other
Director, RCI, he led many Programmes, Projects and
steered the development of indigenous RF and IIR
Seekers. As Programme Director, successfully developed
the Medium Range SAMs and achieved a streak of successes
in the maiden missions. As Project Director, developed
the country’s first 1000kg class Guided Bomb and laid
foundation for Long Range Smart Guided Weapons. He is a
renowned Navigation expert and as Project Director and
Technology Director, steered the design and development
of indigenous Inertial Sensors, SatNav Receivers,
advanced Inertial Navigation Systems for a variety of
defence applications including the Ship Navigation.
He holds the distinction of being inducted as Fellow of
Royal Institute of Navigation (FRIN), London, Royal
Aeronautical Society, UK (FRAeS) and Foreign Member of
the Academy of Navigation & Motion Control, Russia. He
is an Honorary Fellow of CSI & Project Management
Association of India, Fellow of Indian National Academy
of Engineering, IET (UK), Associate Fellow of American
Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, USA and many
other Academies/ scientific bodies in the country and
Kumar of BHU is Panjab varsity VC
CHANDIGARH : On July 21 Panjab University Chancellor
and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, appointed Prof Raj
Kumar, Dean and Head, Institute
of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, as the
new Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University (PU) for a term
of three years.
of the present Vice Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover
ends on July 22.
A three-member search committee considered about 150
persons who had applied for the post.
The committee comprised Dr. M. Ramchndran, IAS (Retd.),
Chancellor, ICFAI University, Dehradun, Dr. Kapil Kapoor,
Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla
and Dr. M. Jagdeesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal
Nehru University, Delhi.
Committee submitted a panel of three names for the
consideration of the Vice President of India and the
Chancellor of the Panjab University on July 17, 2018
after considering various applications received and
interviewing nine applicants.
appointment sets aside by HC
CHENNAI : On June 14 the Madras High Court issued
a writ of quo warranto and set aside the
appointment of Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU)
Vice-Chancellor P.P. Chellathurai.
said that the appointment made last year was based on
flawed proceedings of the search committee.
Allowing a public interest litigation petition, the
first Division Bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee
and Justice M. Sundar pointed out that two of the
members of the search committee had complained that
there were no meaningful deliberations and that they
were forced to accept the candidate identified by the
New search committee
Further, taking note of the fact that a criminal case
was also pending against Mr. Chellathurai, the judges
set aside the appointment and ordered constitution of a
new search committee (comprising Senate, Syndicate and
Chancellor nominees) for selecting a panel of three
names for appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of the
university. The new search committee was ordered to make
its recommendations in accordance with the Madurai
Kamaraj University Act of 1965 and all other applicable
statutes after due deliberation, consultations and
discussions amongst its members and the convenor, and
gave liberty to Mr. Chellathurai also to apply if he
wished to do so.
The judges directed the search committee to evaluate his
candidature, if he applies, uninfluenced by the present
Joshi leaves CBSE, made NTA DG
Manipur cadre 1992 batch IAS officer Vineet Joshi was
appointed Director-General of newly created National
Testing Agency (NTA) on March 30. His appointment is for
five years, an
order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training
Joshi who was Director General of Central Board of
Secondary Education (CBSE) here was shifted amidst paper
leak controversy and made boss of the NTA that
would eventually handle all admission tests in the
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had, in his Budget
speech of 2017-18, announced the setting up of the NTA
“as an autonomous and self-sustained premier testing
organisation to conduct all entrance examinations for
higher educational institutions”.
The Union Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Narendra
Modi, had in November last year approved the setting up
of the NTA.
The NTA will relieve the CBSE, AICTE and other
bodies of the responsibility of conducting these
As per its composition approved by the cabinet, the
NTA will be chaired by an eminent educationist appointed
by the Human Resource Development Ministry.
“The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be the
Director-General to be appointed by the government.
There will be a Board of Governors comprising members
from user institutions. The Director-General will be
assisted by nine verticals headed by
academicians/experts,” according to the proposed
composition of the NTA.
Ahmad returns to KU, Dhar gets
JAMMU : On July 25 Jammu and Kashmir Governor-Chancellor N N Vohra
appointed Prof Talat Ahmed and Prof Manoj Kumar Dhar vice-chancellors (VCs)
of the Kashmir and Jammu Universities respectively.
Dr Dhar took charge of the university soon after the appointment was
Dhar, a genetic scientist, will replace Prof Ramji Dass Sharma, whose
term expired on March 12. Dr Dhar, a Kashmiri pundit was professor and
coordinator of the Bioinformatics Centre at University of Jammu. He has
served on several key positions in the University.
He has also served as registrar of the university from 2013 to 2015,
prior to his stint as Controller of Examination from 2012 to 2013.
Born in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on November 17, 1964, Dhar
did his schooling and graduation from Baramulla and then completed his
post graduation from University of Kashmir in 1986.
He did his M.Phil in 1987-88 and Ph.D in 1988-1992 from the University
Prof Talat Ahmad, a professor of Geology in Delhi University is
University of Kashmir after nearly four years where he had served as VC
from June 1, 2011 to May 14, 2014.
After completing the term he was appointed vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia
Islamia, Delhi where he had been serving since 15th May, 2014 till date.
Prof Ahmad replaces Prof Khurshid Andrabi in University of Kashmir whose
term expired in October 2017.
Bangalore varsity, RGUHS get VCs
after 2 years
BANGALORE : After nearly two years Bangalore University and Rajiv
Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) have had their
vice-chancellors on June 12.
Governor-Chancellor of the two leading Karnataka universities Vajubhai
Vala confirmed the appointments through a notification. Both the
functioning with interim VCs.
According to the notification the Principal of the University
Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Prof K R Venugopal has been
appointed Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University. The post was vacant
since February 2017 when the term of Dr B Thimmegowda came to an end.
Since then, five interim vice-chancellors have held the post.
Ph.D. (Computer Science), Ph.D. (Economics), FIEEE (USA), Venugopal
has been in Bangalore University for the last four decades. He has
degrees in Law, Mass Communication, Electronics, Economics, Business
Finance, Computer Science, Public Relations and Industrial Relations. He
has authored and edited 64 books and published more than 600 papers in
refereed International Journals and International Conferences. He has
supervised 630 M.E. dissertations, 22 Ph.Ds and filed 101 Patents. He
was a Post Doctoral Research Scholar and a visiting Professor at
University of Southern California, USA.
Dr S Sachidanand has been appointed VC of RGUHS. He is the director of
the medical education department and the director of the Bangalore
Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI). Dr M K Ramesh,
registrar, evaluation, RGUHS was appointed as the interim director from
July 2017. This was after the tenure of Dr K S Ravindranath came to an
According to the notification, the term for the new vice-chancellors
will be for a period of three years or until he attains 65, or whichever
Prof Eshwar Bhat has been appointed as the new V-C of the Karnataka
State Law University.
GRC Reddy moves north, joins
Sharda as VC
NEW DELHI : On June 6 Prof G R C Reddy joined Greater Noida based
Sharda University, a private university, as its vice-chancellor.
an Andhrite, Prof Reddy's shifting to north has surprised many who do
not know that he can speak and understand Hindi well.
Before joining Sharda, he was the Director of NIT Calicut, NIT Goa,
Mentor Director of NIT Sikkim, Mentor Director of IIIT Kottayam, NIT
Andhra Pradesh and also Director In-charge of NIT, Warangal during the
Prof.Reddy graduated from Osmania University with majors in Mathematics,
Physics and Chemistry.
He obtained his M.Sc. (Tech) in Engineering Physics and Ph.D from Faculty
of Engineering and Technology, REC (NIT) Warangal.
His research area focuses on Optical Information Processing. He joined as
a faculty in the Department of Physics at NIT Warangal in 1979 and
became full Professor in 1995.
He was the principal investigator in a number of research projects
sanctioned by CSIR, MHRD, and DRDO etc. He published over 80 research
papers in various National and International journals/Conference
He is a Fellow of Optical Society of India, Member of SPIE and OSA. He is
also Fellow of Telangana Academy of Sciences.
Rakesh Bhatnagar is new BHU
VARANASI : On March 28 the newly-appointed Banaras Hindu University
(BHU) vice chancellor Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar formally took over charge of
office following a brief puja and said he would work on the lines of
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to create a world class academic atmosphere
A professor of biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Dr
Bhatnagar's appointment was announced on March 23. The government had
shortlisted three candidates, which included Devendra Kumar Gupta, a
surgeon from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and
scientist Ramakrishna Ramaswamy from JNU.
Former BHU vice-chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi had gone on leave two
months before his tenure ended following a ruckus on campus in September
last year. Registrar Neeraj Tripathi had been holding additional charge
as VC since.
Soon after taking over Dr Bhatnagar offered floral tributes to BHU founder
Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya at his statue and subsequently held a press
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi always focuses on carrying out development
of the nation, finding solutions to problems and making new schemes
without paying attention to criticism. I will work on the same lines and
focus on finding solutions to problems. Ensuring BHU’s place among the
world’s best universities is my goal,” he said.
On rampant casteism and factionalism on the campus he said he knows
the ways and means to deal with it.
11 NIT directors appointed in one go
By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : On October 17, 2017 the Ministry of Human Resource Development
appointed 11 new directors for various National Institutes of Technology
(NITs), including NIT-Warangal and NIT-Durgapur, which had been headless
for over a year.
Computer Science professor at IIT Kharagpur, Dr Anupam Basu, has
been appointed director of NIT Durgapur while N V Ramana Rao, Rector of
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad has been made
director of NIT Warangal. He will take charge on Monday.
A teacher of civil engineering, Rao has a Bachelors degree in
engineering from Osmania University, M.Tech from IIT Delhi and Ph.D from
the UK. His research interests include structural design.
The appointments to NIT Warangal and NIT Durgapur were delayed
because of the cabinet reshuffle in July 2016, when Smriti Irani was
shifted to Textile Ministry and Prakash Javadekar took over as her
successor at HRD Ministry. The ministry had scrapped the panel of names
finalised during Irani’s term as they were found unsuitable and the two
posts were re-advertised.
While Rajiv Kumar Garg, a professor of industrial and production
engineering at NIT Jalandhar, will now head NIT Arunachal Pradesh,
Professor Sivaji Bandyopadhyay from the department of computer science
and engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata is the new director of
NIT Raipur has got its new head from within the institute as A M
Rawani, a teacher of mechanical engineering, has been elevated to the
top post. Rakesh Sehgal from NIT Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh is the
director of NIT Srinagar, which witnessed students protests in April
last year, after some students from the Valley and some from outside the
state clashed following India’s semi-final loss to West Indies in the
T-20 World Cup.
Karunesh Kumar Shukla from MNIT, Allahabad will head NIT Jamshedpur,
Pradip Kumar Jain from IIT (BHU) is the new director of NIT Patna, Shyam
Lal Soni of NIT Jaipur will head NIT Uttarakhand, retired scientist S
Venugopal has been appointed to NIT Nagaland and Harish Kumar Sharma,
professor at SLIET in Punjab, is the new director of NIT Agartala.
The ministry had invited applications for 12 posts of NIT directors
in early July last year but the process of appointment got delayed for
one reason or the other.
The aspirants were expected to be less than 65 years of age and the
appointment for the post is to be for a tenure of 5 years or till the
candidate turns 70.
There are 31 NITs that offer 17,390 seats for undergraduate engineering
programmes across the country.
4 VCs appointed in UP state
LUCKNOW : Four Uttar Pradesh state universities
which were headless for a long time got their
vice-chancellors on May 24 and 26 last year - and surprisingly the
lions share has gone to Lucknow.
The appointments were made by the UP Governor-Chancellor Ram Naik
who initially imported VCs from his home state
Maharashtra rather then relying on the son of the soil.
On May 24 Raj Bhawan announced the names of three
appointees. Prof. Anil Shukla, Dean Student Welfare, Lucknow University
was appointed VC of
Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Rohelkhand University, Bareilly.
Prof. V K Singh, the Pro VC of APJ Abdul
Kalam Technical University Lucknow was made
vice-chancellor of Deendayal Upadhyay University,
Gorakhpur and thirdly
Prof Raja Ram Yadav was appointed vice-chancellor of Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal
Yadav was with the Physics department of Allahabad
The announcement made by
Juthika Patankar, principal secretary to Governor said
that the tenure of the newly-appointed vice-chancellors
will be three years from the date of taking charge.
day Raj Bhawan announced the name of the newly appointed
vice-chancellor of Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Awadh
University, Faizabad. Professor and HoD of the
Department of Public Administration, Lucknow University,
Prof Manoj Dixit was named the VC of the university. He
took charge on May 27.
Sunaina Singh appointed Nalanda
PATNA : On March 28, 2017 Dr Sunaina Singh,
vice-chancellor of English and Foreign Languages
University in Hyderabad, was appointed new
vice-chancellor of Nalanda University. She is expected
to join her new job in the second week of April.
was signed by the President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee who is
the Visitor of the University.
With her appointment, months after Mr Mukherjee
reconstituted the the university's governing board, the
University has got its complete core team.
Dr Gopa Sabharwal, the first vice-chancellor, completed
her term in November and since then Professor Pankaj
Mohan was officiating as interim vice-chancellor. He
resigned on the last day of March for "failing to uphold
the trust" of the varsity community after sexual
harassment charges surfaced against a postgraduate
"She has been appointed for a period of five years
from the date on which she enters upon office," a press
statement issued by the university said.
Sunaina, who hails from Rajasthan, has the
distinction of being the first Indian woman to head the
research institution Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute as
She was appointed vice-chancellor of English and
Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad in May 2012.
In 2005, she received the post-doctoral faculty research
award from the department of foreign affairs, Canada.
Sunaina was recently elected vice-president of the
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for three
years. The ICCR president is Lokesh Chandra, one of five
members of the panel constituted by the Nalanda
governing board last month for selection of a new
vice-chancellor. The other members of the panel led by
Chancellor Vijay P Bhatkar include former bureaucrat N.K.
Singh, Arvind Sharma from McGill University in Canada,
and Preeti Saran, secretary (east) in the ministry of