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