IIM-B director likely to be UGC chairman
Anubhuti Vishnoi: New Delhi, Tue Mar 06 2012, 03:18 hrs
In a first, the director of an Indian Institute of Management is set to be appointed as chairman of the University Grants Commission. IIM-Bangalore Director Prof Pankaj Chandra’s appointment as UGC Chairman is learnt to have been cleared by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). The B-school head has been picked over Prof Seyed Hasnain, former vice-chancellor of Hyderabad University.
(Prof. Pankaj Chandra)
While over 80 candidates had applied for the job, five were shortlisted by the search-cum-selection committee. Besides Prof Chandra and Prof Hasnain, the other three in the fray were Koraput Central University V-C Prof Surabhi Banerjee, acting chairman of UGC Prof Ved Prakash and Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram, V-C Prof A Jaikrishnan.
The search committee comprising Prof Goverdhan Mehta, national research professor in University of Hyderabad; Prof K Srinath Reddy, president, Public Health Foundation of India; and Prof N R Madhav Menon, former head, National Law School University, Bangalore, finally submitted a panel of two names — Hasnain and Chandra — to the ministry. While Hasnain’s years of experience in the university system made him an initial favourite, it was thought a person from outside the system, like Prof Chandra, would bring some freshness of ideas with him.
A Professor of Operations & Technology Management, Prof Chandra has also taught at IIM, Ahmedabad, and McGill University, Montreal, and has been a visiting faculty at University of Geneva, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, International University of Japan and Renmin University, Beijing.
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