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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



 Yogesh Tyagi takes over at Delhi University

NEW DELHI: On March 10 Prof. Yogesh K Tyagi formally took over as the 22nd Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, succeeding professor Dinesh SinghProf Yogesh K Tyagi 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 System (CBCS).

“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 said.

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. 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.


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