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R Subrahmanyam is  higher edu secretary
Special Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Mr R R.Subrahmanyam Subrahmanyam, looking after Technical Education has been appointed Secretary Higher Education in a major reshuffle on February 28.

Subrahmanyam, succeeds K K Sharma who superannuated on February 28.

A 1985-batch IAS officer from Andhra Pradesh cadre, Subrahmanyam had been serving as Special Secretary in the department.

Mr K K Sharma retired on February 28.

Sonali Banerjee is Calcutta varsity VC
KOLKATA: Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee has been named as the new vice-chancellor of Calcutta University for a term of fourSonali Banerjee years.

The appointment comes after over two years of adhocism during which the university had a string of officiating bosses. In fact Sonali herself was the last of them.

"Banerjee was the first choice among three names proposed by the three-member VC search committee set up by the state in June. It was chaired by Dipak Mandal, the Chancellor's nominee and VC of Sidho Kanho Birsha University. The other two members of the committee were Burdwan University vice-chancellor Nimai Saha, who was the nominee of the state government, and the nominee of the CU senate Santanu Bhattacharya, director of Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science," said education minister Partha Chatterjee.

Two others selected by the search committee were chairman of the College Service Commission Dipak Kar and registrar of Coochbehar Panchanan Barma University Dilip Roy.

The university had been without a de jure vice-chancellor ever since its former vice-chancellor Suranjan Das shifted to Jadavpur University.


Before being elevated to the top post Sonali was a professor in the political science department of the university and the PVC (finance), officiating as an interim VC.

Sonali, whose husband Alapan Bandyopadhyay is a powerful state transport secretary and father Nirendranath Chakravarti an eminent poet, will take charge soon.

In December last year, the state government had decided to constitute a search committee to shortlist names for the coveted post. The committee met on March 8, prepared a list and sent it to the Chancellor but questions were raised about the validity of the meeting as the tenure of interim registrar Soma Bandyopadhyay, who had called it as panel's acting secretary, had ended on March 7.

In June, the minister said that a fresh search panel would be constituted.

HC orders removal of Integral University VC

By Our Correspondent
: On March 7 the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court upheld the contention thAkhtar SWat the vice-chancellor's office in Integral University was a public office and therefore ordered the executive council of Integral University to remove its vice-chancellor S Waseem Akhtar as he was ineligible for the post.

The judgement was delivered on March 7 by Justice SN Shukla and Justice SK Singh Ist on quo warranto petition (1345 of 2014) in Junaid Ahmad vs Visitor Interal University Lko/His Excellency The Governor case , questioning the VC’s appointment.

The petitioner had claimed that the appointment of SW Akhtar was done in violation of norms laid down in the Integral University Act 2004 as well as UGC regulations.

The petitioner’s counsel sought the VC's removal alleging that he did not possess the minimum qualifications for the post.

The court directed the competent authority to remove Akhtar from the post forthwith and start proceedings for the appointment of a new vice chancellor in accordance with the rules expeditiously within one month from the date of order.

The bench upheld the petitioner's contention that "that the office of Vice Chancellor of Integral University being created under Statute i.e. Integral University Act, 2004, is a public office."

As against this the Vice-Chancellor's counsel argued that "the petitioner has filed the present writ petition in his private interest." The counsel said that Integral University, was a "minority educational institution," as it was not receiving any aid or grant from the State Government or the Central Government. He pleaded that the office of the vice-chancellor in no way "can be treated to be a public office."

Gauhati don is new VC of Assam varsity

SILCHAR : On May 5, 2016 Prof Dilip Kumar Nath, Professor at the Department of Statistics, Gauhati University, was been appointed the new Vice Chancellor of Assam University, Silchar, according
to Assam University sources.

Prof Nath will take over charges from Prof R R Dhamala, who is currently administering the proceedings as the acting Vice-Chancellor of the university.

Meanwhile, talking to this correspondent, Prof Nath expressed his happiness and said that he would be joining the university around May 16.



 MHRD appoints 11 NIT directors in one go

By Sanjiv Dube
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 Silchar.

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 universities
By Our Correspondent
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 University, Jaunpur.

Yadav was with the Physics department of Allahabad University earlier.

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.

The following 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 varsity VC

BY Our Corresppondent
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 theSunaina Singh second week of April.

Her appointment 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 student.

"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 its president.

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 external affairs.

10 IIM directrors appointed, 1 is a lady

By Our Correspondent

: 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.
Neelu Rohmetra

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, Keya Sengupta, 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 years.

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 one go

From Navin Mishra
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 1999.

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 Telugu University.

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 hadProf Yogesh Singh 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 June 28.

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 University

NEW DELHI: On March 10, 2016 Prof. Yogesh K Tyagi formally took over as the 22nd Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University, succeeding professor Dinesh SinghProf Yogesh K Tyagi 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 System (CBCS).

“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 said.

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. Stephen's

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 theProf John Varghese 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 principal. 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.


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