Arun Grover is new PU V-C
An ex-student of university, he is currently posted as senior professor at TIFR
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.
PU CONGRATULATES THE NEW V-C
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
SENATE MEMBERS HAIL APPOINTMENT
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