VARANASI : On March 28 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
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
“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.
11 NIT directors appointed in one go
By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : On October 17, 2017 the Ministry of Human Resource Development
appointed 11 new directors for various National Institutes of Technology
(NITs), including NIT-Warangal and NIT-Durgapur, which had been headless
for over a year.
Computer Science professor at IIT Kharagpur, Dr Anupam Basu, has
been appointed director of NIT Durgapur while N V Ramana Rao, Rector of
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad has been made
director of NIT Warangal. He will take charge on Monday.
A teacher of civil engineering, Rao has a Bachelors degree in
engineering from Osmania University, M.Tech from IIT Delhi and Ph.D from
the UK. His research interests include structural design.
The appointments to NIT Warangal and NIT Durgapur were delayed
because of the cabinet reshuffle in July 2016, when Smriti Irani was
shifted to Textile Ministry and Prakash Javadekar took over as her
successor at HRD Ministry. The ministry had scrapped the panel of names
finalised during Irani’s term as they were found unsuitable and the two
posts were re-advertised.
While Rajiv Kumar Garg, a professor of industrial and production
engineering at NIT Jalandhar, will now head NIT Arunachal Pradesh,
Professor Sivaji Bandyopadhyay from the department of computer science
and engineering at Jadavpur University, Kolkata is the new director of
NIT Raipur has got its new head from within the institute as A M
Rawani, a teacher of mechanical engineering, has been elevated to the
top post. Rakesh Sehgal from NIT Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh is the
director of NIT Srinagar, which witnessed students protests in April
last year, after some students from the Valley and some from outside the
state clashed following India’s semi-final loss to West Indies in the
T-20 World Cup.
Karunesh Kumar Shukla from MNIT, Allahabad will head NIT Jamshedpur,
Pradip Kumar Jain from IIT (BHU) is the new director of NIT Patna, Shyam
Lal Soni of NIT Jaipur will head NIT Uttarakhand, retired scientist S
Venugopal has been appointed to NIT Nagaland and Harish Kumar Sharma,
professor at SLIET in Punjab, is the new director of NIT Agartala.
The ministry had invited applications for 12 posts of NIT directors
in early July last year but the process of appointment got delayed for
one reason or the other.
The aspirants were expected to be less than 65 years of age and the
appointment for the post is to be for a tenure of 5 years or till the
candidate turns 70.
There are 31 NITs that offer 17,390 seats for undergraduate engineering
programmes across the country.
4 VCs appointed in UP state
LUCKNOW : Four Uttar Pradesh state universities
which were headless for a long time got their
vice-chancellors on May 24 and 26 last year - and surprisingly the
lions share has gone to Lucknow.
The appointments were made by the UP Governor-Chancellor Ram Naik
who initially imported VCs from his home state
Maharashtra rather then relying on the son of the soil.
On May 24 Raj Bhawan announced the names of three
appointees. Prof. Anil Shukla, Dean Student Welfare, Lucknow University
was appointed VC of
Mahatma Jyotibha Phule Rohelkhand University, Bareilly.
Prof. V K Singh, the Pro VC of APJ Abdul
Kalam Technical University Lucknow was made
vice-chancellor of Deendayal Upadhyay University,
Gorakhpur and thirdly
Prof Raja Ram Yadav was appointed vice-chancellor of Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal
Yadav was with the Physics department of Allahabad
The announcement made by
Juthika Patankar, principal secretary to Governor said
that the tenure of the newly-appointed vice-chancellors
will be three years from the date of taking charge.
day Raj Bhawan announced the name of the newly appointed
vice-chancellor of Dr Ram Manohar Lohiya Awadh
University, Faizabad. Professor and HoD of the
Department of Public Administration, Lucknow University,
Prof Manoj Dixit was named the VC of the university. He
took charge on May 27.
Sunaina Singh appointed Nalanda
PATNA : On March 28, 2017 Dr Sunaina Singh,
vice-chancellor of English and Foreign Languages
University in Hyderabad, was appointed new
vice-chancellor of Nalanda University. She is expected
to join her new job in the second week of April.
was signed by the President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee who is
the Visitor of the University.
With her appointment, months after Mr Mukherjee
reconstituted the the university's governing board, the
University has got its complete core team.
Dr Gopa Sabharwal, the first vice-chancellor, completed
her term in November and since then Professor Pankaj
Mohan was officiating as interim vice-chancellor. He
resigned on the last day of March for "failing to uphold
the trust" of the varsity community after sexual
harassment charges surfaced against a postgraduate
"She has been appointed for a period of five years
from the date on which she enters upon office," a press
statement issued by the university said.
Sunaina, who hails from Rajasthan, has the
distinction of being the first Indian woman to head the
research institution Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute as
She was appointed vice-chancellor of English and
Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad in May 2012.
In 2005, she received the post-doctoral faculty research
award from the department of foreign affairs, Canada.
Sunaina was recently elected vice-president of the
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for three
years. The ICCR president is Lokesh Chandra, one of five
members of the panel constituted by the Nalanda
governing board last month for selection of a new
vice-chancellor. The other members of the panel led by
Chancellor Vijay P Bhatkar include former bureaucrat N.K.
Singh, Arvind Sharma from McGill University in Canada,
and Preeti Saran, secretary (east) in the ministry of
10 IIM directrors appointed, 1 is
By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI : On February 10, 2017 the Human Resource
Development Ministry named 10 persons who would head the
various Indian Institutes of Management, leaving 10 IIM
directors post still vacant.
Out of 10 persons named, one is a
lady -- Neelu Rohmetra -- who would head the newly
established IIM at Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh.
Never since the first IIM was
established in Calcutta in November 1961 has a lady been
the executive head of an IIM that now number 20. Before
Rohmetra, a lady professor of IIM Shillong,
had briefly officiated as the
director of IIM Shillong.
Others IIM directors appointed on
February 10 include G. Raghuram (Bangalore), Mahadeo
Prasad Jaiswal (Sambalpur), Ganesan Kannabiran (Bodh
Gaya), Chandrasekhar Mylavarapu (Visakhapatnam),
Bhimaraya Metri (Tiruchirappalli), L.S. Murty (Nagpur),
Bharat Bhasker (Raipur), Dheeraj Sharma (Rohtak) and
Shailendra Singh (Ranchi), a MHRD order said.
Of the 20 IIMs, four -- Amritsar,
Kozhikode, Jammu and Udaipur -- are still headless. Six
of the IIMs were set up in the initial years, seven
between 2007 and 2009 and another seven in the past two
G. Raghuram has been a faculty at
IIM Ahemdabad since 1985 and currently professor and
chairperson of the Public Systems Group at IIMA.
He first came into limelight in
2006, when he wrote a paper on the turnaround of Indian
Railways under the then railway minister Lalu Prasad
Yadav. Following this, a Railway chair was established
at the IIMA for research on the subject. Former rail
minister Dinesh Trivedi too is learnt to have sought
Raghuram's help in preparing his Railway budget.
"I earned the name of Rail Raghu as
Railways has been my passion for over 30 years now. It
rubbed off my father who was in Railways and IIMA helped
me blossom. Even my projects at IIMA and thesis at PhD
were on railways. I hope to keep my passion," he adds.
He was the Indian Railways Chair
professor in Rail Transport and Infrastructure
Management from January 2008 to August 2010. He
specialises in infrastructure and transport systems, and
logistics and supply chain management.