Returning to his academic roots, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has agreed to Panjab University’s (PU) offer of professorship for the Jawaharlal Nehru Chair. Interestingly, PU has a chair named after Manmohan himself, for which noted economist Yoginder K Alagh has accepted the professorship offer.
This would be the second stint as PU professor for Manmohan, who had completed his Bachelor of Arts (BA) with economics in 1952 from the same university, and his master’s in 1954, ranking first in the university in both. He joined PU as a senior lecturer in 1957 and became a professor in 1963, before heading off to the United Nations in New York in 1966.
Padma Bhushan awardee Ela Bhatt has accepted the offer of professorship for Mahatama Gandhi Chair, said PU vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover at a monthly chairpersons’ meeting on Tuesday.
Grover asked PU teachers to update their biodata on the university website. He also proposed to institute two awards for teachers participating in outreach programmes like Swachh Bharat.
The meeting approved proposal for online admission to masters courses in social sciences, humanities and languages.
It was proposed to re-advertise for recruitment in the teaching posts which could not be fulfilled earlier due to various reasons.
The ongoing manpower audit in teaching departments and the status on filling up of advertised positions were also discussed in the meeting.