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JU teacher made technology varsity VC

Calcutta, Aug. 17: The state government has appointed Jadavpur University professor Ranjan Bhattacharya as the vice-chancellor of the West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT).

Bhattacharya, who teaches production engineering, is the fourth JU teacher to be appointed vice-chancellor of a state-run university in the past two years. All private engineering colleges in Bengal are affiliated to the WBUT.

The six-month tenure of acting vice-chancellor Samir Bandyopadhyay ended in June. Governor M.K. Narayanan, who is the chancellor of the university, then extended Bandyopadhyay’s tenure by three months or till the appointment of the next vice-chancellor, whichever is earlier.

“A notification announcing the appointment of Bhattacharya as the vice-chancellor of WBUT was issued on Friday evening. He’ll join the new post as soon as the formalities at JU are over,” a senior higher education department official said.

The three other JU professors appointed vice-chancellors recently are Malabika Sarkar (interim vice-chancellor of Presidency University), Ranjan Chakraborty (full-time vice-chancellor of Vidyasagar University) and Achintya Biswas (acting vice-chancellor of Gourbanga University). Biswas has resigned.

The state government had set up a search committee to select a vice-chancellor for the WBUT. The committee members were IIT Kanpur professor M. Anandakrishnan (the chancellor’s nominee), former Atomic Energy Commission of India chairman Srikumar Banerjee (the representative of the university’s court) and West Bengal Higher Education Council vice-chairman Abhijit Chakraborty (the state government’s representative).

The search committee had prepared a panel of three names from among 49 applicants. Acting vice-chancellor Bandyopadhyay was among the applicants.


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