Puducherry: Delhi University’s Professor Gurmeet Singh from the department of Chemistry has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the Pondicherry Central University. A press release from the MHRD confirmed the development saying that the President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Prof. Singh for a period of five years from the date of assuming office or until he attains the age of 70 whichever is earlier.
Prof. Singh completed his education (PG and Ph.D.) from DU. With 33 years of teaching and administrative experience in DU, he has published 100 research articles and guided numerable students in Chemistry.
He had held several positions including member of the executive council of Delhi University, deputy proctor and proctor of the university, a member of the subject expert committee of University Grants Commission (UGC) among others.
He was appointed as a special observer in West Bengal Assembly election in 2011 and is also a Governing Council member of the Society for Advancement of Electrochemical Science and Technology (SAEST) at CECRI campus, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu. He has received various accolades for his contribution in the field, including ‘Meritorious Contribution Award’ during the 14th conference of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE), USA and Annapurna award by SAEST.
The Pondicherry University post for the Vice-Chancellor fell vacant on August 17, 2015 after its former V-C, Chandra Krishnamurthy, was sacked by the MHRD on the charges of plagiarism and fraud.
There were many downhill experiences in the university as the MHRD declared it among the 11 ‘non-performing’ universities in the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF).
The decision to recruit the V-C comes after the pressure from the faculty members and the students to the MHRD who raised concerns for a lack of head since two years.