S.P. Thyagarajan, new Madras VC

CHENNAI Sept. 6. A senior academician and microbiologist, S.P. Thyagarajan, has been appointed new Vice-Chancellor of the Madras University.

A Raj Bhavan release said the Governor-Chancellor, P.S. Ramamohan Rao, had appointed Prof. Thyagarajan (59) to the post for three years. The new Vice-Chancellor met the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, at the Secretariat here this morning.

At present, he is serving in the Microbiology department of the university at the Dr. ALM Postgraduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences at Taramani, Chennai.

Born on June 15, 1944, Prof. Thyagarajan holds a Doctor of Science degree in Microbiology, in addition to Ph.D and M.D degrees. For the past 34 years he has been a teacher, researcher and academic administrator.

He has completed 50 research projects funded by national and international agencies and mobilised grants of over Rs. 35 crores for the university. He has published 283 research papers and 16 books in the area of infectious diseases. He has served as member of expert committees of government bodies and ministries, and has guided 24 Ph.D students. He is now principal investigator for an ICMR project on viral hepatitis.

Dr. Thyagarajan's research works have won him 19 national and international awards, including the Consultant Epidemiologist Award of the Glasgow University, United Kingdom, and the ICMR award in Virology.

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