Dr. Suhas Pednekar appointed new VC of Mumbai

The Governor of Maharashtra and Chancellor of universities in the Maharashtra State CH. Vidyasagar Rao appointed Dr. Suhas Raghunath Pednekar as the new Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Mumbai University (MU) today (Friday). Dr. Pednekar is the Professor of Chemistry and Principal of Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College. The Governor handed over the letter of appointment to him at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai. He has replaced Dr. Sanjay Deshmukh.

As per press communiqué from the Governor's office, Dr. Pednekar will hold the position of VC for a period of five years or till he attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. It may be noted that After Deshmukh's removal, Dr. Devanand Shinde, Vice-Chancellor of Shivaji University Kolhapur was holding the additional charge of the post since then.

Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai, the Governor had constituted a Search Committee for the appointment of VC. The committee was headed by Dr. K. Kasturirangan, former chairman of ISRO to recommend to him a panel of names suitable. Dr. Shyam Lal Soni, Director, National Institute of Technology, Pauri (Garhwal) Uttarakhand and Bhushan Gagrani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, CIDCO were other members of the Committee.

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