The University Grants Commission (UGC) is all set to get a new Chairman very soon. The Union HRD ministry has constituted a three-member committee to appoint UGC’s new chief. The current Chairman Ved Prakash demits office on April 03, 2017.
Ministry officials have informed that the selection panel will be headed by S-VYASA Chancellor Dr H R Nagendra. Dr Nagendra happens to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Yoga Guru and has become part of another key committee in the government. He is a technical engineer from IISc Bengaluru who has served as a consultant at the prestigious Harvard University. Dr Nagendra was also a part of the visiting staff at Imperial College, London.
HRD Ministry constitutes selection committee under officiating-head JNU VC
Selection commission is also likely to include former VC of Saurashtra University D P Singh & former VC of the Lucknow University. JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar will be officiating as the Commission head since the present UGC chairperson Prof Ved Prakash is on leave.
Prof Ved Prakash is a decorated personality who has served as a consultant to the World Bank. He also represented India in a number of high-powered delegations which helped the our country to forge collaboration with other countries in the field of higher education and research.
HRD Ministry sets up commission for selection
Prof Prakash is an eminent author as well, to a number of books, articles and research papers. His literary work includes a wide range of spectrum which expand to areas concerning higher education, educational planning and administration and personnel selection.
The UGC is working to encourages autonomy in universities and even privatise higher education centres in the country. And in these times a right headship to the organisation is the much-needed boost. And with the UGC having faced flak from some committees in the past, the new team at the helm has an up-hill task cut-out.