Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Deepak Pental, in an emergency meeting of the Executive Council (EC) on Thursday, proposed two names for the Search Committee that will select his successor.
The two names he suggested are Raj Gopalan Chidambaram, a nuclear physicist and scientific advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and Yogendra K. Alagh, an agricultural economist and former V-C of Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Chidambaram is also the former director of India’s primary nuclear research facility, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre. He also played a key role in the 1974 Peaceful Nuclear Explosion Experiment at Pokaran and led the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) team in the Pokhran-II tests in May 1998.
Alagh is currently the chairman of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He was the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning and Programme Implementation, Science and Technology and Power from 1996 to 1998.
The EC proposed two other names, Justice JS Verma, former Chief Justice of India, and Justice A.M. Ahmadi, also the former Chief Justice of India, to be members of the search committee.
The V-C informed the executive council about suggesting the two other names to the Ministry of Human Resource and Development so that the third member of the search committee can be chosen from them.
The Visitor of the varsity, the President of India, reserves the right to nominate the third member of the search committee.
Some of the council members expressed resentment about the manner in which the meeting was convened.