Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of Universities in the state Ch Vidyasagar Rao interviewed and appointed Professor Sanjay Vasant Deshmukh as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mumbai. The decision was taken after the interviews conducted at the National Environmental and Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) office in Worli yesterday.
On 27 March, Maharashtra Governor appointed a three-member committee for shortlisting candidates to be appointed the VC of Mumbai University. The Committee included former Supreme Court judge Justice B N Srikrishna, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi and Satish Wate, director, National Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, Nagpur. As per the sources, more than 200 applications were received for the VC post and after shortlisting them, 21 candidates were interviewed by the panel.
Current VC of The University of Mumbai is Rajan Welukar and his tenure will end on 6 July. The term of Rajan Welukar has been full of controversies, even his selection for the post was under the radar. Former Pro-vice Chancellor A D Sawant and social activist Nitin Deshpande even filed a PIL against his appointment for the post.
Shortlisted candidates for the appointment as VC of University of Mumbai included Dr. Devanand Shinde from Aurangabad university, Nitin Karmalkar from University of Pune, Dr. Suhas Pednekar, Principal of Ruia College, Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh from Mumbai University, Dr. Abhay Pethe of the university’s Department of Economics, and Dr. K V Kale from Aurangabad University, Vilas Sapkal, former vice-chancellor of Nagpur University and Vibha Surana, Head of German Department, Mumbai University.
Let’s know the newly appointed VC :
Sanjay Vasant Deshmukh is currently working as a Professor of Life Sciences in the University from January 2005.
Deshmukh completed M.Sc. from the Institute of Science in 1986 and then completed his doctorate in botany in 1990. From 1990 to 1995, he also served as scientist and head, Coastal Systems Research Program at the M.S. Swaminathan Research Centre in Chennai. Afterwards, he joined as Principal Scientist at the Bombay Natural History Society. He has also served as Program Director at Manava Sadhan Vikas Sanstha till 2001 and Director (Research) at the Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini in Vasai.
Sanjay, when reached for his comments, said “This is a rare opportunity and I am looking at converting it into action.”