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Amitabh Mattoo on short list for JNU V-C

Aarti Dhar

Four names forwarded to the President


S.E. Hasnain, believed to be a serious contender, does not figure in short list

Names for Allahabad Central University V-C also submitted to HRD Ministry


NEW DELHI: A search committee has proposed four names for the post of Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University including Amitabh Mattoo of the JNU.

The other two from the JNU among the four shortlisted names are Deepak Nayyar, former Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University who now teaches economics at JNU, and R. Ramaswamy from the Department of Physical Sciences.

The fourth person, Sudhir Kumar Sopory, is a senior scientist in molecular biology at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Incidentally, he taught at JNU some years ago. However, to everyone's surprise, S.E. Hasnain, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, does not figure in the short list. He was believed to be a serious contender.

Professor Mattoo is Professor of Disarmament at the JNU Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament. He was Vice-Chancellor of Jammu University and is the first choice for the top post of the Central University at Jammu. However, approval for him has been pending with President Pratibha Patil following strong opposition from some quarters in Jammu.

Campus visit

The three-member V-C search committee chaired by scientist K. Kasturirangan gave the shortlisted names to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry earlier this week and it, in turn, forwarded them to the President on Thursday. She is expected to make her choice within a week.

The committee, which included P. Balaram, Director of the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), and economist Nitin Desai, visited the JNU campus to interact with the faculty, students and non-teaching employees to assess the profile of an ideal Vice-Chancellor that each stakeholder had in mind. Distinguished academics, educationists and researchers were requested to recommend suitable names.

The new Vice-Chancellor will replace Prof. B.B. Bhattacharya, whose term got over in June this year.

Meanwhile, another search committee has submitted to the Ministry a panel of names for Vice-Chancellor of the Allahabad Central University. The committee comprised R.A. Mashelkar, former Director-General of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; Professor Anandkrishnan and Professor Satish Chandra.

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