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Satheesh Reddy takes DRDO charge
HYDERABAD : On August 27 Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
formally took over as the 13th Chairman
of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
24 the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had
approved his appointment as DRDO chief and Scientific
Adviser to Defence Minister.
appointment marks the Pearl anniversary (30 years) of
Research Centre Imarat (RCI) laboratory’s existence,
where Mr Reddy had joined as a young scientist and was
nurtured by the late Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
Reddy has spent over three decades at the Missiles
Complex and has become the 4th person from RCI after Dr
Kalam, Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat and Dr Avinash Chander to
There are 52 laboratories under DRDO and 13 scientists
across this establishment have gone ahead and become
Chairman of DRDO.
is well known for his contributions to indigenous
design, development, deployment of diversified Missiles
& Strategic Systems, Guided Weapons, Avionics
technologies and for sustained efforts in advancement of
Aerospace technologies & Industries in India.
He graduated in Electronics and Communication
Engineering from JNTU, Anantapur and received his M.S &
Ph.D from JNTU Hyderabad. He joined Defence Research and
Development Laboratory (DRDL), Hyderabad in 1986 and
subsequently joined Research Centre Imarat (RCI), the
brain child of Dr Kalam, after its formation.
elevated as Distinguished Scientist in Sep 2014 and was
appointed as Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister in
As SA to Defence Minister he was pivotal in evolving
roadmap for self-sufficiency in Missiles. As Director
General, Missiles and Strategic Systems (DG, MSS), he
spearheaded Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Missile Complex
Laboratories - ASL, DRDL and RCI, ITR, TBRL & other
Director, RCI, he led many Programmes, Projects and
steered the development of indigenous RF and IIR
Seekers. As Programme Director, successfully developed
the Medium Range SAMs and achieved a streak of successes
in the maiden missions. As Project Director, developed
the country’s first 1000kg class Guided Bomb and laid
foundation for Long Range Smart Guided Weapons. He is a
renowned Navigation expert and as Project Director and
Technology Director, steered the design and development
of indigenous Inertial Sensors, SatNav Receivers,
advanced Inertial Navigation Systems for a variety of
defence applications including the Ship Navigation.
He holds the distinction of being inducted as Fellow of
Royal Institute of Navigation (FRIN), London, Royal
Aeronautical Society, UK (FRAeS) and Foreign Member of
the Academy of Navigation & Motion Control, Russia. He
is an Honorary Fellow of CSI & Project Management
Association of India, Fellow of Indian National Academy
of Engineering, IET (UK), Associate Fellow of American
Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, USA and many
other Academies/ scientific bodies in the country and
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, Institute
of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, as the
new Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University (PU) for a term
of three years.
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.
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.
Sabu Thomas appointed MGU
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM : On May 27 Kerala Governor-Chancellor P.
Sathasivam appointed Sabu Thomas, Professor, School of Chemical
Sciences, Mahatma Gandhi University, as the Vice Chancellor of the
The appointment is for a period of four years from the date
which he assumes office.
Prof. Thomas was unanimously recommended for the post by a search
committee comprising Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya
Vice-Chancellor Sushma Yadav (UGC nominee), Kerala State Planning Board
Vice Chairman V.K. Ramachandran (senate representative), and Chief
Secretary Tom Jose, convener of the panel.
He is credited with having a H-index of 72 (on the SCOPUS database) and
has authored 750 publications. He also has five patents in his name and
is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
Vaidehi is Mother Teresa Women's University VC
CHENNAI : Ms Vaidehi Vijayakumar has been appointed as the new
Vice-Chancellor of Mother Teresa Women's University for a term of three
years from the date of assumption of office.
She has worked as a professor for 12 years in Anna University where she
held the post of head of department for six years and 10 months, and
dean for five years at the institution. She has also held the post of
dean at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University. She has
been in the academic council and the Board of Studies of Anna University
and VIT University.
Ms. Vijayakumar has been a visiting professor at Ryerson University,
Canada, and at National University and Nanyang Technological University
in Singapore. She has guided 24 PhD students and has to her credit 266
papers in international journals and fora.
Ahmad returns to KU, Dhar gets
JAMMU : On July 25 Jammu and Kashmir Governor-Chancellor N N Vohra
appointed Prof Talat Ahmed and Prof Manoj Kumar Dhar vice-chancellors (VCs)
of the Kashmir and Jammu Universities respectively.
Dr Dhar took charge of the university soon after the appointment was
Dhar, a genetic scientist, will replace Prof Ramji Dass Sharma, whose
term expired on March 12. Dr Dhar, a Kashmiri pundit was professor and
coordinator of the Bioinformatics Centre at University of Jammu. He has
served on several key positions in the University.
He has also served as registrar of the university from 2013 to 2015,
prior to his stint as Controller of Examination from 2012 to 2013.
Born in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on November 17, 1964, Dhar
did his schooling and graduation from Baramulla and then completed his
post graduation from University of Kashmir in 1986.
He did his M.Phil in 1987-88 and Ph.D in 1988-1992 from the University
Prof Talat Ahmad, a professor of Geology in Delhi University is
University of Kashmir after nearly four years where he had served as VC
from June 1, 2011 to May 14, 2014.
After completing the term he was appointed vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia
Islamia, Delhi where he had been serving since 15th May, 2014 till date.
Prof Ahmad replaces Prof Khurshid Andrabi in University of Kashmir whose
term expired in October 2017.
Bangalore varsity, RGUHS get VCs
after 2 years
BANGALORE : After nearly two years Bangalore University and Rajiv
Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) have had their
vice-chancellors on June 12.
Governor-Chancellor of the two leading Karnataka universities Vajubhai
Vala confirmed the appointments through a notification. Both the
functioning with interim VCs.
According to the notification the Principal of the University
Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (UVCE), Prof K R Venugopal has been
appointed Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University. The post was vacant
since February 2017 when the term of Dr B Thimmegowda came to an end.
Since then, five interim vice-chancellors have held the post.
Ph.D. (Computer Science), Ph.D. (Economics), FIEEE (USA), Venugopal
has been in Bangalore University for the last four decades. He has
degrees in Law, Mass Communication, Electronics, Economics, Business
Finance, Computer Science, Public Relations and Industrial Relations. He
has authored and edited 64 books and published more than 600 papers in
refereed International Journals and International Conferences. He has
supervised 630 M.E. dissertations, 22 Ph.Ds and filed 101 Patents. He
was a Post Doctoral Research Scholar and a visiting Professor at
University of Southern California, USA.
Dr S Sachidanand has been appointed VC of RGUHS. He is the director of
the medical education department and the director of the Bangalore
Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI). Dr M K Ramesh,
registrar, evaluation, RGUHS was appointed as the interim director from
July 2017. This was after the tenure of Dr K S Ravindranath came to an
According to the notification, the term for the new vice-chancellors
will be for a period of three years or until he attains 65, or whichever
Prof Eshwar Bhat has been appointed as the new V-C of the Karnataka
State Law University.
GRC Reddy moves north, joins
Sharda as VC
NEW DELHI : On June 6, 2018 Prof G R C Reddy joined Greater Noida based
Sharda University, a private university, as its vice-chancellor.
an Andhrite, Prof Reddy's shifting to north has surprised many who do
not know that he can speak and understand Hindi well.
Before joining Sharda, he was 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
Prof.Reddy graduated from Osmania University with majors in Mathematics,
Physics and Chemistry.
He obtained his M.Sc. (Tech) in Engineering Physics and Ph.D from Faculty
of Engineering and Technology, REC (NIT) 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
He is a Fellow of Optical Society of India, Member of SPIE and OSA. He is
also Fellow of Telangana Academy of Sciences.
Rakesh Bhatnagar is new BHU
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
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.