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Jagadesh Kumar of JNU fame to be UGC chairman

The term of Jagadesh Kumar as JNU vice-chancellor has ended, but he was asked to continue in his post until his successor was picked

JNU vice-chancellor was on Friday appointed as the next chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC).  The post of the UGC chairman fell vacant on 7 December 2021, after Prof DP Singh, who had taken charge in 2018, resigned upon turning 65. The post of vice-chairman of the higher education regulator is also vacant.

Jagadesh Kumar’s five-year term as JNU vice chancellor had ended on 26 January, following which he was allowed to continue in his post by the Ministry till his successor was picked.

Jagadesh Kumar is widely regarded for his knowledge in electronic engineering and associated areas. He obtained MS(EE) and PhD (EE) degrees from the Dept of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras.

Between July 1994 and December 1995, he was a visiting faculty and an Assistant Professor in the Department of and Electrical Communication Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Later, he moved to the Department of Electrical Engineering,  Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi where he became an Associate Professor in July 1997 and a Professor in January 2005. He took over as JNU VC in January 2016.

Jagadesh Kumar’s tenure in JNU has been marked by constant campus unrest over issues ranging from the 2016 sedition controversy to the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, an MSc student.

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