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Raj 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, InstituteProf Raj Kumar of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, as the new Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University (PU) for a term of three years.

The term 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.

The 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.


 Warangal, Vijayawada pvt varsities have new VCs

From Navin Mishra
Prof G R C Reddy and Dr Vajja Sambasiva Rao have been appointed vice-chancellors of SR University, Warangal and SRMProf G R C Reddy University, Vijayawada respectively. Both are private universities.

Dr G R C Reddy who took charge of the university on July 1 has been 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 period 2005-2017. Dr Reddy who is at home in Hindi has also served as the Vice-Chancellor of Sharda University, Noida.

He graduated from Osmania University with majors in Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry and M.Sc. (Tech) in Engineering Physics and did Ph.D. from REC 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 proceedings.

He is a Fellow of Optical Society of India, Member of SPIE and OSA. He is also Fellow of Telangana Academy of Sciences.

Dr Reddy feels that government-aided universities alone are not sufficient and the role of private players is equally significant. The SR University is the first private university located at Warangal and it recently got approval from Telangana government.

Prof Vajja Sambasiva Rao, who took charge of SRM University, Vijayawada, Prof Vajja Sambasiva Rao(AP) on July 1 is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Prof. Rao previously served as the president of NIIT University and was also the acting Vice-Chancellor and Director at BITS Pilani.

President of SRM University-AP P. Satyanarayanan, in a statement, welcomed the new Vice-Chancellor and said that he was optimistic that Prof. Rao's strategic and operational skills combined with his deep knowledge in academic research would will help SRM-AP scale greater heights in its pursuit to be a truly global research-intensive educational institution.

Rakesh Bhatnagar is new BHU vice-chancellor

VARANASI : On March 28, 2018 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 in theProf Rakesh Bhatnagar institution.

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 conference.

“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.


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