CALCUTTA : On
August 29 Prof Ajoy Kumar Ray was appointed
vice-chancellor of Bengal Engineering and Science
University (Besu) for the second consecutive term.
BESU Chancellor M.K. Narayanan, approved the
appointment, state government sources said.
Ray will remain at the helm of the university for a full
four-year term. He had taken over as Besu
vice-chancellor in 2009. After his term ended in
February, he was given a six-month extension, which was
to expire on August 31.
“My priority is perpetuating excellence in engineering
education and research,” Ray said, adding that his aim
was to upgrade Besu to an IIEST (Indian Institute of
Engineering Science and Technology). He has initiated a
revision of the master’s curriculum and wants to improve
The government had set up a three-member-search
committee comprising M. Anandakrishnan, chairman of IIT
Kanpur, Srikumar Banerjee, former chairman of the Atomic
Energy Commission of India, and Sugata Marjit, the
chairman of the West Bengal Council of Higher Education,
to select a VC. Anandakrishnan was the Chancellor’s
nominee, Banerjee the BESU court nominee and Marjit the
The panel drew up a short list of three names, including
Ray’s, three weeks ago. The government forwarded the
list of names to the Chancellor.
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. 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
Kendre to head National School of Drama
NEW DELHI : Marathi
theatre veteran Waman Kendre will be the new director of
the National School of Drama (NSD), sources have said
year’s vacuum and stage-like twists to fill the slot.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by the
Prime Minister, picked actor-director Kendre over
actress Arundhati Nag, favoured by a search panel of
stage doyens, and Abdul Latif Khatana, recommended by
the Culture Ministry.
The panel of Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad and others had
shortlisted Nag (56), Kendre (54) and Abdul Latif
Khatana (52) in November last year. The panel said the
names were in order of priority but specified they
preferred Nag, though she had not applied for the job.
Nag works in Hindi and Kannada films and runs a cultural
institute. She won the best supporting actress National
Award for Paa, playing Vidya Balan’s mother.
But earlier this month, the Culture Ministry forwarded
the name of Khatana, a Kashmiri and an NSD alumnus, with
sources saying he was minister Chandresh Kumari Katoch’s
Last week, the file went to the Prime Minister’s Office
and details were sought about the three candidates
suggested by the search panel. “The government must have
felt that since Nag had not even applied, she should not
be picked. Kendre was next, so he was the obvious
choice,” a senior ministry official said.
Kendre is an NSD post-graduate with research in folk
theatre of Kerala. He belongs to the nomadic Vanjara
tribal community of Marathwada and was one of the
leading lights of the Dalit theatre movement in
Maharashtra in the late 70s.
De is new director of IIM Shillong
SHILLONG : On June
17 Prof Amitabha De took over as the new director of the
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong here.
De was a professor at National Institute of
Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, before joining
as the director of IIM Shillong.
He holds an M.Sc and a Ph.D degree from the University
of Calcutta and has widespread expertise in ergonomics,
human factors engineering, biomechanics, executive work
and work stress, and human factors in technology
The post had been lying vacant for nearly a year, since
Prof AK Dutta, retired in July last year.
Prior to joining IIM Shillong, Prof De has undertaken
various research projects sponsored by Government of
India and various industries related to his expertise.
He has also taken on various consulting assignments
guiding corporate houses and encompassing industries
like manufacturing, petroleum, airline, and chemicals.
He was also member in two national committees in the
Ministry of Labour & Welfare, Government of India.
N Jena appointed VC of Utkal culture varsity
BHUBANESHWAR : On
May 20 sociologist Debendra Nath Jena took over as the
vice-chancellor of Utkal University of Culture here.
post had been lying vacant after the tenure of Amiya
Kumar Pattanayak expired in February. Culture secretary
Ashok Tripathy had been holding the additional charge of
Reacting to the news,
Jena, former registrar of Utkal University, said filling
vacant teaching posts and infrastructure development
topped his priority list.
Jena, who retired as a professor of sociology from Utkal
University (UU) this year said “I will prepare an agenda
and submit it to the state government for approval,” he
said, adding that he was also looking into the
completion of the university’s permanent campus at
Madanpur on the outskirts of the city.
Around 26 applicants, mostly faculty members from the
state varsity, and some outsiders, had applied for the
top post at the culture university.
A three-member search-cum-selection committee including
parliamentarian Kapila Vatsyayana, former Sambalpur
University VC and Odissi dancer Priyambada Mohanty
Hejmadi and litterateur Sitakant Mohapatra had
shortlisted three candidates.
Chairman of the State Council for Educational Research
and Training Nihar Ranjan Patnaik, and professor of
ancient history at Utkal University Sadasiba Pradhan
were also in the race for the post.
B Nimse takes over as Lucknow varsity VC
LUCKNOW : On May 13
the newly-appointed Lucknow
University vice-chancellor S B Nimse formally took over
the top office of the university here.
Chancellor B L Joshi had,
on April 29, appointed
him as the vice-chancellor, choosing him from a panel of
three names. He succeed IAS officer
G B Pattanaik who had been officiating as the VC since
November 2, 2012.
Pattanaik who was the
principal secretary to the Governor-Chancellor, the
faculty feared, may be confirmed as the VC, but the UGC
regulations had made the move difficult.
Nimse, the VC of Swami
Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University (SRTMU),
Vishunpuri, Nanded, Maharashtra since July 2008 has
accepted a difficult assignment.
A Ph.D in mathematics,
with 34 years of teaching experience, Nimse is a member
of the governing council of the Consultancy Development
Centre, DSIR and also a member of the steering committee
for XII plan on higher education, Planning Commission.
Nimse's appointment has
activated the campus whisper-mongers, each giving his
own explanation to the new Maratha connection, but
investigations revealed that it was Prof R C Sobti the
president of the Indian Science Congress who probably
showed Nimse the way to Lucknow University.
The Chancellor by another
order appointed V K Gupta as the new vice-chancellor of
Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University (RMLAU), Faizabad.
Gupta, at present, is the
head of chemistry department, Indian Institute of
Technology (IIT), Roorkee. He will succeed officiating
VC Prof PK Sinha from department of economics, RMLAU.
Prof Sinha was appointed
on November 1, 2012, for a period of six months after
Prof R C Saraswat resigned on October 30 citing personal
A B.Sc from Meerut
University in 1972, Gupta did MSc in physical chemistry
from University of Roorkee in 1975. In 1979, he joined
PhD in physical chemistry from University of Roorkee.
takes over at Lucknow's Ambedkar varsity
LUCKNOW : On January 21 Prof R C Sobti, former
vice-chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh
formally took over as the Vice-Chancellor of
Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow.
university is a Central university with President Pranab
Mukherjee as its Visitor. His appointment is for a term
of five years and he replaces Prof B Hanumaiah who was
on an extension after the completion of his tenure since
June 17, 2012.
his first day, the Dr Sobti interacted with students,
teachers and employees. He said effort would be made to
take the university to a new high.
vice-chancellor of Panjab University Chandigarh Prof
was made on January 15.
Well-connected Dr Sobti
was appointed Panjab University vice-chancellor in 2006
for a term of three years. Before his term could
conclude he was appointed, in February 2009, the
first VC of the newly established Central University of
Himachal Pradesh but he did not join because he got a
second term in Panjab University.
After the conclusion of
his second term on July 22, (though he was in the race
for a third term) he was offered vice-chancellorship of
the newly established DAV University in Jalandhar which
he hasn't joined till date.
On January 6 he was
elected the general president of Indian Science Congress
Association for the 101st session to be held on January
3-7, 2014. He is a member of the executive body of
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC),
Bangalore and the chairman of the governing body of
National Council of Science Museums.
He holds a doctoral degree
in Biotechnology and has supervised 44 PhDs and is
currently working on eight others.
Thandavan takes over as Madras varsity VC
CHENNAI On January
18, Prof R. Thandavan formally took over as the 43rd
vice-chancellor of the University of Madras.
All well-wishers and admirers, mostly university
staff gathered at the vice-chancellor's office to
congratulate him. “I know about every nook and corner of
the university, except the VC’s office,” said Prof.
Thandavan with a smile.
The former professor was informed a week ago about his
selection for the post of VC, but was waiting to meet
the Chief Minister before he assumed charge, sources
The 62-year-old was the founding faculty member of the
Anna Centre of Public Affairs at the university, where
he served as the head.
“He has been elected to the Syndicate thrice, and has
also been part of the Senate. He knows ninety per cent
of the people here by their name so he has support from
both the teaching and non-teaching staff,” a professor
said. However, professors also added that he has the
responsibility of bringing together the several factions
of the university.
On the controversial issue of exam malpractices at the
university, Prof. Thandavan said he was yet to receive
the report from K. Aludiapillai, a retired IAS officer
who was looking into the matter.
The VC said appointing the registrar and filling up
vacancies was at the top of his task list. “But it will
be done by issuing advertisements without any
interference from anybody,” he said.
Prof. Thandavan also said there were several new courses
in the offing, particularly in the area of humanities
and pure sciences. “I know almost everyone in this
university. I have been here for many years, and I am
aware of the university’s strengths and weaknesses. I
will try to convince everybody to work together,” he
S Rangappa takes over as Mysore varsity VC
: On January 11 Prof K S Rangappa took over as the 24th
vice-chancellor of the University of Mysore, from the
acting VC Prof B Shivaraj.
Rangappa told reporters that he got a call from the
Governor-Chancellor H R Bhardwaj in the morning,
appointing him as the vice-chancellor.
Rangappa, who is the incumbent VC of Karnataka State
Open University (KSOU), succeeds Prof V G Talawar, who
retired on December 10.