Anuradha Lohia, a biologist from the city’s Bose Institute, will be the Vice-Cchancellor of Presidency University. She will be the first full-time Vice-Chancellor of the university and third woman to hold the post of the 197–year-old institution.
The institution was upgraded from a government college to a university in July 2010. Prof. Amita Chaterjee and Malabika Sarkar were appointed Vice-Chancellors. Both were given a term of a year which in the case of Prof. Sarkar was extended. Prof. Lohia (57) will have a term of four years. The decision to appoint her as the vice chancellor has been approved by Governor M K Narayanan. Earlier, physicist Sabyasachi Bhattacharya was selected for the post, but he declined.
Prof. Lohia had graduated from the erstwhile Presidency College in 1976. She will meet Mr. Narayanan, who is the Chancellor, on Monday to discuss the details of her joining the institution.
Though the State government had extended the term of incumbent Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sarkar till October this year, the Chancellor had not agreed to the proposal. Prof. Sarkar’s term expires next month. The search committee appointed to select the head of the university was set up in January this year and it submitted its report by March. The committee had decided three names - Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, Anuradha Lohia, and Sumantra Chatterji. With both Mr. Bhattacharya and Mr. Chatterji not keen on taking up the post, the State government was left with little option but to appoint Prof. Lohia as the Vice-Chancellor. However, questions have been raised over the search committee’s recommendations as all the three short-listed candidates had not applied for the post, but were nominated by other academics.