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.
Sanjay Deshmukh is Mumbai varsity VC
Deshmukh, a life sciences professor at the
Mumbai University, will take over as the
vice-chancellor on July 7. The five-year term
of incumbent Rajan Welukar ends on July 6.
Deshmukh’s appointment was
announced by the Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on June
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
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
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.
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.
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.
K Radhakrishnan is Kerala varsity VC
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
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 31,2014. 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