From Navin Mishra
HYDERABAD : Prof G R C Reddy and Dr Vajja Sambasiva Rao have been
appointed vice-chancellors of SR University, Warangal and SRM
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
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.
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,
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
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.