By Sanjiv Dube
NEW DELHI : On October 17 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 - 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 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 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.
Telangana govt appoints 7 VCs in
From Navin Mishra
HYDERABAD : On July 25, 2016 Telangana government
announced the appointment of seven vice-chancellors for
its state universities in one go. Their term will be for
three years from the day they take charge.
Prof S. Ramachandram, professor of Computer Science
and Engineering at the University College of Engineering
of Osmania University (OU) was elevated and appointed
Vice-Chancellor of Osmania University. The university
will celebrate its centenary next year, preparation for
which must begin now.
The VC's post in Osmania University has been lying
vacant since July 14, 2014 after Prof. S. Satyanarayana
concluded his three-year term.
Prof A. Venugopal Reddy, a retired professor of
Computer Science and Engineering at OU, has been
appointed Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru
Technological University, Hyderabad while R. Sayanna, a
retired professor of Physics at OU, has been chosen to
head Kakatiya University, Warangal that was the focal
point of the movement for statehood to Telangana along
with OU a few years ago.
Prof. Sayanna, assumed charge of Kakatiya University
on July 26. He hails from Koratpally, Dichapally mandal
of Nizamabad mandal. He completed M.Sc in 1980 and Ph.D
in Physics in 1988. He began his career as a junior
lecturer in 1981 and became a degree college lecturer in
1983. He joined Osmania University as assistant
professor in 1989, and became professor of Physics in
Similarly, the government has appointed K.
Seetharama Rao, a retired professor of Public
Administration and Human Resource Management in KU as
the Vice-Chancellor of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University
here and S.V. Satyanarayana, a retired Professor of
Telugu at OU as the Vice-Chancellor of Potti Sreeramulu
Further, Pasula Sambaiah, a retired professor of
Public Administration and Human Resource Management at
KU, has been appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Telangana
University at Dichpally in Nizamabad while B.
Rajarathnam, a professor of Commerce at OU, as the
Vice-Chancellor of Palamuru University in Mahabubnagar.
Prof. Sambaiah, took charge amidst applause from
teaching and non-teaching staff at his chambers at the
varsity campus here on Monday. Arriving at the campus in
the morning, he waited for the government order till
evening to take charge. Registrar Prof. R. Limbadri,
University College principal Prof. P. Kanakaiah, and
head of department of mass communication K. Rajaram,
among others, received the Vice-Chancellor and honoured
him with shawls and bouquets.
The vice-chancellors posts have been lying vacant
for quite some time and the universities were being
handled by special officers or officiating VCs. The
appointments are subject to judgement in a writ petition
(PIL) pending in the High Court.
Yogesh Singh is VC of
Delhi tech varsity
NEW DELHI : Prof
Yogesh Singh has been appointed new vice-chancellor of
Delhi Technological University (DTU).
Singh was the director of
Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology and had
additional charge of the DTU VC since September 2015.
“DTU is a very renowned university but I am going to
work to improve the teaching and learning process. These
days we have seen that students are not finding
engineering subjects interesting so I would like to
bring in some experimental teaching ,” Singh said on
The former VC, Pradeep Kumar, had resigned in August
2015, four years prior to his term coming to an end. The
VC prior to him, PB Sharma was asked to go on leave by
the Delhi government following allegation of recruitment
scam complaint by teachers.
DTU is a Delhi government run-institution which was
formally known as Delhi College of Engineering. It was
made a university in 2009.
Singh hopes he will be able to take the university
to new levels with Technology Business Incubation Centre
which has already been started. “We have already
identified six students to whom we will be providing
seed funds ranging from ` 2-10 lakh. Delhi government
has also given ` 5 crore for this purpose,” he said.
With Ph.D in computer engineering, Singh is closely
associated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha
University. He has served as dean, University School of
Information technology, controller of examinations and
director student’s welfare at the university.
Yogesh Tyagi takes over at Delhi
NEW DELHI: On March
10, 2016 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 announcement on
February 10, 2016 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.