A search-cum-selection committee has shortlisted a panel of four candidates for the Vice-Chancellor’s (V-C) post at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The names of the finalists were submitted to the government this week.
R N K Bamezai, a professor of human genetics attached with the School of Life Sciences at JNU, and scientist Virander Singh Chauhan, a leader in malaria research, are among those shortlisted, a member of the selection committee told The Indian Express on the condition of anonymity.
The President, who is the Visitor of all central universities, is the final authority on who will finally be appointed to the post. JNU’s current V-C, scientist Professor Sudhir Kumar Sopory, completes his term in January 2016.
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When contacted, Singh confirmed that the HRD ministry has been informed about the finalists for the post. “The candidates were decided after a personal interaction (with candidates) on December 30.
I cannot disclose the names forwarded to the government,” he told The Indian Express.
The search-cum-selection panel had invited about 15 candidates for the interview this week, including the current chairperson of Indian Institute of Advanced Studies in Shimla Chandrakala Padia, Bilaspur University Vice-Chancellor Gauri Dutt Sharma, Rama Shankar Dubey, who heads the Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University in Bihar, IIM-Ahmedabad professor Anil Kumar Gupta, Yogesh Kumar Tyagi, dean of law faculty at South Asian University, JNU professor Ramakrishna Ramaswamy, Bamezai and Chauhan.
Chauhan’s major research interests and contributions are in the fields of malaria vaccine and drug development. He was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, by the UPA-II in 2012.
Bamezai, who has also served as the V-C of Mata Vaishno Devi University in Katra, Jammu, is also one of the top four contenders for the post of Delhi University V-C.