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Gauhati don is new VC of Assam varsity
SILCHAR : On May 5 Prof Dilip Kumar Nath, Professor at the Department of Statistics, Gauhati University, was been appointed the new Vice Chancellor of Assam University, Silchar, according
to Assam University sources.

Prof Nath will take over charges from Prof R R Dhamala, who is currently administering the proceedings as the acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Meanwhile, talking to this correspondent, Prof Nath expressed his happiness and said that he would be joining the university around May 16.



 Yogesh Singh takes over as VC of Delhi tech varsity

NEW DELHI : Prof Yogesh Singh has been appointed new vice-chancellor of Delhi Technological University (DTU).

Singh was the director of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and hadProf Yogesh Singh additional charge of the DTU VC since September 2015.

“DTU is a very renowned university but I am going to work to improve the teaching and learning process. These days we have seen that students are not finding engineering subjects interesting so I would like to bring in some experimental teaching ,” Singh said on June 28.

The former VC, Pradeep Kumar, had resigned in August 2015, four years prior to his term coming to an end. The VC prior to him, PB Sharma was asked to go on leave by the Delhi government following allegation of recruitment scam complaint by teachers.

DTU is a Delhi government run-institution which was formally known as Delhi College of Engineering. It was made a university in 2009.

Singh hopes he will be able to take the university to new levels with Technology Business Incubation Centre which has already been started. “We have already identified six students to whom we will be providing seed funds ranging from ` 2-10 lakh. Delhi government has also given ` 5 crore for this purpose,” he said.

With Ph.D in computer engineering, Singh is closely associated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. He has served as dean, University School of Information technology, controller of examinations and director student’s welfare at the university.

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 2,2015.

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, took over as the vice-chancellor on July 7, 2015. The five-year termSanjay Deshmukh of incumbent Rajan Welukar ended on July 6.

Deshmukh’s appointment was announced by the Chancellor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on June 20, 2015.

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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