Ram Nath Kovind appointed Battu Satyanarayana Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Karnataka. This appointment comes more than one year after the vacant post was filled by H M Maheshwariah.
Kovind was also appointed vice-chancellors of 11 other central universities. The top academic and administrative officials were named.
Ten other central universities have administrative positions that are still vacant, including Delhi University.
Satyanarayana is a retired Chemistry Professor at Osmania University in Hyderabad. He has published 31 research papers that were peer-reviewed in international journals.
According to a profile on Osmania University’s website, Satyanarayana was also the President of Osmania University Teachers Association as well as Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Federation Of University Teachers Associations.
This announcement was made one day after Dharmendra Pradhan, Education Minister, told the Rajya Sabha 22 vacant posts of vice-chancellors at central universities. M Jagadesh Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice president, has also completed his term and is currently on an extension until a new appointment is made. Tankeshwar Kumar, Prakash Bansal, Sanjeev Jain, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, Sanjeev Jain, Kshitij Bhhusan Das (Central University of Jharkhand), Muthukalingan Shivan (Central University of Tamil Nadu), and Basuthkar J Rao(Central University of Hyderabad) were the newly appointed vice-chancellors.
Kameshwar Singh (Central University of South Bihar); Prabha Shakar Shukla (North-Eastern Hill University, NEHU), Shillong; Alok Kumar Chakrawal, Guru Ghasidas University in Bilaspur; Syed Ainul Hasan (Maulana Azad University of Urdu ) MANUUU; Lokender Singh, Manipur University.
The Education Minister replied to Rajya Sabha’s questions about the delay in appointing vice-chancellors. He said that there was no timeline for filling the vacancies because it is a tedious process.