Tuesday, March 06, 2012

IIM-Bangalore Director likely to be UGC Chairman

In a first, the director of an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is set to be appointed as Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC). IIM-Bangalore Director Prof. Pankaj Chandra’s appointment as UGC Chairman is learnt to have been cleared by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The B-school head has been picked over Prof. Seyed Hasnain, former Vice-Chancellor of Hyderabad University.

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 (PHFI); 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.

Source: The Indian Express, March 6, 2012

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