Noted biologist Wasudeo Namdeo Gade has been appointed as the new vice-chancellor of University of Pune. Pune University has been functioning without Vice Chancellor since last 8 months.
Wasudeo Namdeo Gade Gade has obtained his BSc in biology from the Nagpur university and later secured his MSc (life sciences), MPhil and PhD in life sciences from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was a post-doctoral fellow in France and Sweden between 1988 and 1990. He has received the Lupin Endowment Award instituted by the University Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, and has served as a scientist in the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology of CSIR in Delhi for 20 years between 1983 and 2003. He was Reader and later Professor in the department of biotechnology, University of Pune, from July 2003 till he became BCUD chief.
Ashoka University announced the appointment of Andre Beteille as new chancellor. Professor Andre Beteille was National Research Professor and Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. professor Rudrangshu Mukherjee, a historian and eminent journalist was appointed as the vice-chancellor of the university.
Andre Beteille has received Padma Bhushan in 2005 for his contributions in the field of Sociology. His studies of south india's cast system has been very famous.
Dr. Somnath Dasgupta will be the new vice-chancellor of Assam University, Silchar. Dasgupta is the director of the National Centre of Experimental Mineralogy and Petrology (NCEMP) under the University of Allahabad. He will be the fifth vice chancellor of Assam University.
Dasgupta has also served as Director in the Geological Survey of India, Jadavpur University, Kolkata and in the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata.
Vikram Chandra Goel has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut by the Uttar Pradesh Governor and Chancellor B L Joshi.
Goel has worked as a lecturer in Philosphy in the Allahabad Degree College and Deputy Collector in Uttar Pradesh before his selection in the India Police Service. Vikram Chandra Goel retired as IPS officer few years back
Dr. Amitava ‘Babi’ Mitra has been appointed as the President and Vice Chancellor of newly created VIT University, Jaipur.
Dr. Amitava Mitra is an alumnus of BITS Pilani and was formerly Executive Director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT USA
Dr. Mitra participated in the formulation of the Government of India’s National Policy on Education (1986), and is a co-author of the book, "Challenge & Response: Towards a New Educational Policy".
Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Kapil Sibal rejected all the three candidates shortlisted by a search-cum-selection committee for the appointment of Vice-Chancellor in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
The minister said that the selected candidates are not 'ideal' for the top post. According to sources, many eminent people from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) were not considered.