Arun Grover is new PU V-C

An ex-stu­dent of univer­sity, he is cur­rently posted as se­nior pro­fes­sor at TIFR

HT Ludhiana Live - - In & Around - Eileen Singh [email protected]­dus­tan­ CHANDIGARH:

Pan­jab Univer­sity gets its new vice- chan­cel­lor, who is a for­mer stu­dent as well as a pro­fes­sor of the univer­sity. Meet Prof Arun Ku­mar Grover (60), cur­rently posted as se­nior pro­fes­sor at Tata In­sti­tute of Fun­da­men­tal Re­search ( TIFR), Mum­bai, who is counted amongst well­recog­nised alumni of Pan­jab Univer­sity, Chandigarh.

Prof Grover had ob­tained his BSC de­gree in 1971 and MSC in 1972 from De­part­ment of Physics (PU), Chandigarh, and joined for the PHD work at TIFR in 1972. He was se­lected Pro­fes­sor of Physics at PU in 1990 and served at De­part­ment of Physics from Fe­bru­ary 1991 to April 1994 on leave of ab­sence from TIFR.

Talk­ing to HT, Grover said, “PU is my alma mater and it is one the best univer­si­ties in the coun­try and I am re­ally happy to be as­so­ci­ated with it. Once I join the of­fice, I will talk to the fac­ulty and work out the pri­or­i­ties and will also try to give my best to the univer­sity for its de­vel­op­ment.”

Dur­ing his stay at PU, he de­signed a new course in Ma­te­ri­als Sci­ence, which he taught to Mphil, MSC and BSC (third-year) stu­dents.

The term of the present vicechan­cel­lor of Pan­jab Univer­sity, Prof RC Sobti is ex­pir­ing on July 22.

The vice-pres­i­dent of In­dia and chan­cel­lor of Pan­jab Univer­sity had on Fe­bru­ary 9, 2012, con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee with jus­tice Leila Seth (retd) as con­vener and Dr P Rama Rao and am­bas­sador IS Chadha as mem­bers to draw a panel of three names suit­able for the post of PU vice-chan­cel­lor from amongst the po­ten­tial can­di­dates. The ex­pert com­mit­tee sub­mit­ted a panel of three

names for the post on June 28.


He is a won­der­ful per­son and I con­grat­u­late him. I wel­come him to the univer­sity and so do the fac­ulty and stu­dents. In­cum­bent V-C RC Sobti I re­spect the de­ci­sion of the search com­mit­tee and ac­cept it gracefully and I hope that the new vice- chan­cel­lor will help in de­vel­op­ing the univer­sity in a bet­ter and best way.

Bhupin­der Singh Brar, dean, univer­sity in­struc­tions

I, on be­half of all the stu­dents and war­dens, wel­come the new V- C to this great pres­ti­gious univer­sity. I will give him to­tal sup­port for the new chair.

Am­rik Singh Ah­luwalia, dean, stu­dent’s wel­fare


Gopal Kr­is­han Cha­trath: We are proud of one thing that the chan­cel­lor has used his wis­dom and dis­cre­tion to pick the best. Those who wanted to ma­nip­u­late and in­flu­ence the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee have failed badly and we all are glad about it. The new vice- chan­cel­lor is a man who does not be­long to any lobby so he will be use­ful for the growth of the univer­sity without any bias.

BS Ghu­man: We met at New Delhi and spent three hours to­gether and all I want to say is that he is a won­der­ful per­son and I wel­come him from the bot­tom of my heart to come and be a part of this pres­ti­gious univer­sity.

Ashok Goyal: I wel­come the new vice- chan­cel­lor and give him best of my wishes. All I want from the new vice-chan­cel­lor is to work to­wards the bet­ter­ment of the univer­sity and to make full use of his im­mense knowl- edge for the de­vel­op­ment of this pres­ti­gious univer­sity. PUTA AS­SURES FULL SUP­PORT

Ak­shay Ku­mar, pres­i­dent, Pun­jab Univer­sity Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, said, “PU was in­deed look­ing for new lead­er­ship and the ap­point­ment of the vice-chan­cel­lor in­spires hope. PUTA shall ex­tend its co­op­er­a­tion to the new vicechan­cel­lor for his en­deav­our to en­hance the re­search pro­file of the univer­sity.

Peo­ple from PU are all over the world and he has been as­so­ci­ated with the univer­sity and PUTA for three years so I will not con­sider him one from out­side. It is a mat­ter of re­lief and pride for us that some­body who has a first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of PU as a stu­dent and fac­ulty would be head­ing it now.

Prof Arun Ku­mar Grover

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