Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit will be the first woman Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University with the Ministry of Education (MoE) appointing her to the top post on 7 February. Pandit is currently a professor of political science at the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Savitribai Phule University, Maharashtra.
On multiple occasions, Pandit has expressed her political views publicly, disturbing the rabid left wing in the country. She deleted her Twitter account after journalists started sharing her tweets. Believed to be close to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Pandit does not mince words while identifying forces inimical to the nation and proposing methods to deal with the cantankerous elements.
Pandit attacked the left’s collaboration with jihadis in response to Times Now editor Rahul Shivshankar’s comment that condemned the suspension of Kangna Ranaut’s Twitter handle.
Pandit believes India must deal with the nefarious elements the way China has been dealing with anybody questioning the unity and integrity of that country for ages.
Pandit stood in support of Twitter users who have been exposing the double standards of the left for the past seven years, if not more.
The 59-year-old Pandit is also a product of JNU from where she received her MPhil as well as PhD in international relations. “President Ram Nath Kovind, who is Visitor to the University, has approved the appointment of Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit as JNU vice-chancellor. Her appointment is for a period of five years,” a senior MoE official said.
Pandit began her teaching career at Goa University in 1988 and moved to Pune University in 1993. She has held administrative positions in various academic bodies. She has also been a member of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) and the visitor’s nominee to central universities.
In her career, Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit has guided 29 PhDs.
M Jagadesh Kumar, who was holding the charge of acting VC at JNU after his five-year term ended last year, was last week appointed as the chairman of the UGC.
“It gives me pleasure to inform you that Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit from Savitribai Phule Pune University has been appointed as the next Vice-Chancellor of JNU. She is the first female Vice-Chancellor of JNU. My hearty congratulations to her. I am handing over the charge to her today and wish her success in her new role,” Kumar said in a statement.
Professor in Centre for European Studies in the School of International Studies Gulshan Sachdeva, and New Delhi-based Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC)’s director Avinash Chandra Pandey were considered for the post too.