BHU to get new VC very soon
‘Rakesh Bhatnagar, a professor of biotechnology at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), has been appointed as vice-chancellor of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi’.Two government officials familiar with the development said on Friday.
Bhatnagar was VC of Kumaon University from 2012 to 2013. He has been teaching at JNU for two decades .His areas of interest include molecular biology of infectious diseases, recombinant vaccine development and programmed cell death in prokaryote.
The government had shortlisted three candidates. It included Devendra Kumar Gupta, a surgeon from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), and scientist Ramakrishna Ramaswamy from JNU.
A senior official said the President has approved Bhatnagar’s name. “Orders have been issues and he will take charge shortly,” the official said.
He will take charge from BHU Registrar Neeraj Tripathi, who had been holding the additional charge of the top post since October last year.
Bhatnagar’s predecessor, Girish Chandra Tripathi, had gone on leave two months before his tenure came to an end, following a ruckus on campus in September last year.
The development came amid indications from HRD Ministry sources.The central government was upset with the manner in which the former vice-chancellor had handled the entire episode. It included a protest by women students following an incident of alleged harassment.
The ruckus started when a number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a baton-charge by the police after a protest against an alleged eve-teasing incident turned violent in BHU, one of the 43 central universities in the country.
The University is looking forward at him with high hopes and expectations as he is considered to be an experienced personality. There is excitement among the students about the new Vice Chancellor who is supposed to cooperate well with the students.