THE UGC chairman who introduced astrology in Indian universities as a subject, will be new KGMU V-C.
Prof Hari Gautam, known for tough decision shall formally assume charge next week.
Preparations are on for his arrival and faculty members are anxious about his style of functioning. They expect a lot from Prof Gautam both on the part of the academics as well as the patient care.
“The present condition of the campus demands strict decisions and stern action from the head of the institute. He even needs to keep distance from the flattery to be able to do good to faculty members and poor patients coming at the hospital,” said Prof SK Agrawal, the outgoing V-C.
Prof Hari Gautam says, “maintaining discipline would be my priority both in academics and hospital wing. What all decisions are to be taken would only be decided according to the situation.”
In a brief chat over telephone from New Delhi, Prof Gautam told HT Live that he was aware of the controversies surrounding the campus, but would like to analyse the situation before commenting.
“I would come and decide what I can do for the benefit of all for its tough to comment from here. But one thing is clear that if I need to take tough decisions, I would do so but the priority is medical education and discipline on campus,” he indicated.
Known for his administrative skills Prof Gautam became principal of Agra Medical College in the late 80s.
His next assignment was at Banaras Hindu University where he served as vice chancellor from 1995 to 1998.
Prof Gautam remained a strict disciplinarian for faculty members, as well as, students on campus. Controversies too remained close to him. It was during his tenure at BHU that two students (Manoranjan Singh and Servendra Jha) lost their live while the candidate introduction session was going on for the students’ union poll. ‘Only tough decisions can bring about results on this campus. Prof Gautam would definitely get all cooperation from the faculty if he takes some good steps for the benefit of all,’ Prof Agrawal said.