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Satheesh Reddy takes DRDO charge
HYDERABAD : On August 27 Dr G. Satheesh Reddy formally took over as the 13th ChairmanDr G Satheesh Reddy of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) here.

On August 24 the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had approved his appointment as DRDO chief and Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister.

His 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 head DRDO.

There are 52 laboratories under DRDO and 13 scientists across this establishment have gone ahead and become Chairman of DRDO.

Dr Reddy 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.

He was elevated as Distinguished Scientist in Sep 2014 and was appointed as Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister in May 2015.

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 technical facilities.

As 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 abroad.

Raj 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, InstituteProf Raj Kumar of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, as the new Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University (PU) for a term of three years.

The term 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.

The 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 vice-chancellor

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 university.

The appointment is for a period of four years from the date Sabu Thomason 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 varsity

JAMMU : On July 25 Jammu and Kashmir Governor-Chancellor N N Vohra appointed Prof Talat Ahmed and Prof Manoj Kumar Dhar vice-chancellors (Prof Manoj DharVCs) of the Kashmir and Jammu Universities respectively.

Dr Dhar took charge of the university soon after the appointment was announced.

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 of Jammu.

Prof Talat Ahmad, a professor of Geology in Delhi University is returning toProf Talat Ahmad 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 universities wereProf K R Venugopal 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 end.

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 is earlier.

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.

Prof GRC ReddyEssentially 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 period 2005-2017.

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 proceedings.

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 vice-chancellor

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 in theProf Rakesh Bhatnagar institution.

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 conference.

“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.


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