Wasudeo Namdeo Gade has been appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Pune University. Gade,the director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD),UoP,has been appointed for a term of five years from the date he assumes charge. He will continue for the term or until he attains the age of 65 years,whichever is earlier,according to a Raj Bhavan release.
Maharashtra Governor and Chancellor of universities in Maharashtra,K Sankaranarayanan,had interviewed the candidates.
The appointment comes a week after the Bombay HC dismissed a public interest litigation challenging the selection process of the V-C of Pune University.
It also comes more than eight months after former V-C Raghunath Shevgaonkar resigned as UoP V-C to become director of IIT-Delhi.
Gade,who started his career as a scientist at the Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB) in New Delhi,said,I was a scientist at IGIB for 20 years following which I joined UoP in 2003. I became HoD,Biotechnology department in 2006. Former V-C Shevgaonkar appointed me director of BCUD in 2010. It is a great honour to have been chosen as V-C of a reputed university like UoP, said Gade.
Gade said,I will concentrate on upgrading curriculum and strengthening faculty. There is also a need to improve quality of research at the varsity. Giving research a boost will be a priority for me.
A BSc in Biology from Nagpur University,Gade completed MSc and MPhil and got his PhD in Life Sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University,New Delhi. He was a post-doctoral fellow in France and Sweden between 1988 and 1990.
The Governor had interviewed shortlisted candidates. The other candidates were Pandit Vidyasagar,head of department,Physics,UoP,Dilip Ukey,pro V-C,Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University,Rakesh Bhatnagar,a professor at the School of Biotechnology,Jawaharlal Nehru University and BB Ahuja,deputy director of College of Engineering,Pune.
The Governor had appointed a search committee under Justice Mukul Mudgal,retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court,to recommend names for the V-C after Shevgaonkar resigned on September 15,2011.
Last week a division bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah had held that the V-C appointment procedure is in consonance with the Maharashtra Universities Act,1994.
The court had also held that the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) are at the most subordinate legislations and cannot override the Maharashtra Universities Act.
The petitioner,Thane-based activist Suresh Patil-Khede,had claimed that the process was not in consonance with UGC guidelines,which says a person who was connected with the university in any manner,could not be a member of the search committee. He claimed this rule had been violated in the case Pune University. The court,however,refused to accept his contentions.