President Pratibha Patil in her capacity as the Visitor of all Central Universities on Friday gave her assent to the appointment of Sudhir K. Sopory as the new Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University.
He succeeds B.B. Bhattacharya, whose term ended in June 2010. Professor Sopory is a senior scientist of molecular biology at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). The Human Resource Development Ministry has already issued a notification regarding his appointment.
Professor Sopory, who taught at the JNU some years ago, competed with Professor Mattoo; Deepak Nayyar, the former Vice-Chancellor of the Delhi University who now teaches economics at JNU; and R. Ramaswamy from the Department of Physical Sciences, JNU, for the top post.
The three-member committee which shortlisted the names was led by K. Kasturirangan, the former ISRO chief and included P. Balaram, Director of the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), and economist Nitin Desai.