Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Prof B P Sanjay is Vice Chancellor of new university in Tamil Nadu
Last week, I realized how disconnected I am from the academics, as also my parent profession of journalism. This was when I noticed, while in Delhi for a meeting, that Prof B P Sanjay was being congratulated by everybody around. Sheepishly, I asked him why.
It was for his new assignment: He has been nominated Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Tamil Nadu, established by the Central Universities Ordinance 2009.
Although he has taken charge of the new post weeks ago, I came to know about it so late in the day! Hence my lament.
I am delighted, like scores others in the Communication Studies domain that Prof Sanjay has been chosen to be the founding father of a Central university. There are only a few Communication scholars or journalists who eventually became vice-chancellors of established universities.
For Prof Sanjay, the assignment is tougher because he has to build a university brick-by-brick, literally. His address printed on his visiting card tells us how challenging his new job is. It is: Collectorate Annexe, Tiruvarur 6110001, Tamil Nadu. He is operating from a camp office, using a landline 91 4366 240240.
He had been at the helm at Delhi’s Indian Institute of Mass Communication, and until recently was Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Centrally-funded University of Hyderabad. With such rich academic and administrative experience, he is sure to take the new university to great heights.