Amitabh Mattoo declines to take over as Vice-Chancellor

Aarti Dhar
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His name was pending for the Visitor's final approval for the past six months

Amitabh Mattoo
Amitabh Mattoo

Amitabh Mattoo has declined to take up his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the Jammu Central University, citing personal reasons.

Meets Sibal

Professor Mattoo met Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday to convey his decision.

President Pratibha Patil, in her capacity as Visitor of all central universities, approved the appointment of Professor Mattoo as the Vice-Chancellor of the university in December last.Professor Mattoo's name was pending for the Visitor's final approval for the past six months as there was opposition to his appointment from some quarters in Jammu.

He is now professor of Disarmament Studies at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament (CIPOD), School of International Studies in the Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Professor Mattoo's teaching and research interests include issues of international security, India's foreign policy and arms control and disarmament.

He has been a visiting professor at the Centre for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, the University of Notre Dame, and at the Program on Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the Maison des Sciences de'Lomme in Paris.

Professor Mattoo, a Padma Shri winner, has published 10 books (on nuclear issues, foreign policy and international relations), and more than 50 research articles (including in leading journals such as Survival and Asian Survey).

A member of the governing council of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs — the Nobel Prize-winning non-governmental organisation which campaigns for global disarmament — Professor Mattoo has been a member of India's National Security Council's Advisory Board and a member of the task force constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Global Strategic Developments. The task force examined various aspects of global trends in strategic affairs and their implications for India.

  • President had approved his name for the post in December
  • There was opposition from some quarters to his appointment

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