JNU V-C M Jagadesh Kumar is new UGC Chairman

Feb 04, 2022 02:23 PM IST

Kumar has been functioning as acting vice-chancellor after his term ended in January last year.

Jawaharlal Nehru University vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed as the new chairperson of the University Grants Commission, news agency PTI reported. 

JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar (HT File Photo )
JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar (HT File Photo )

According to the Ministry of Education, Kumar has been appointed as the chairman of the higher education regulator for a period of five years.

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The post of the UGC chairman fell vacant on December 7 after Prof D P Singh, who had taken charge in 2018, resigned upon turning 65. 

Kumar is currently holding the charge as acting VC of the varsity after his five-year term expired last year. The Ministry is yet to appoint his successor at JNU.

Read: JNU Teachers Association questions delay in appointment of university VC

From the sedition row of 2016 and lockdown of his office multiple times to then HRD Minister getting stuck for over six hours at the venue of JNU's convocation in 2019, Kumar's tenure as the Vice-Chancellor of the university has been marred by controversies.

Kumar, who was made the vice-chancellor in January 2016, had his first brush with controversy as the VC just a week after his appointment when students locked horns with the administration over theholding of an event against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Widely regarded for his knowledge in electronic engineering and associated areas, Kumar obtained MS(EE) and Ph.D. (EE) degrees from the Dept of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras.

He has previously worked as an assistant professor at IIT Kharagpur and Associate Professor at IIT Delhi. 

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