Prof K Ramasamy has been appointed as the new
vice-chancellor of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore for
the next three years. A former agricultural professor at TNAU, Ramasamy,
presently, holds vice-chancellor post of Karpagam University.
The term of the former VC Murugesa Bhoopathi ended on June
3. Soon after, a three-member search committee was formed to select the new VC.
The committee had submitted three names to the governor, who is the chancellor
of the universities. From the three suggested names, one is chosen for the post
by the governor.
"He is an
excellent academic with administrative skills," says one of his former
colleagues who is now a senior professor at TNAU. He took voluntary retirement
from TNAU in 2006, when he was the director of the Centre for Molecular
Biology. Later, he worked in senior positions in some private universities. An
office bearer of the Association of University Teachers (AUT) said that he was
an able academic with leadership skills. "He is a renowned academic in his
field with a clean image. This has raised hopes among the academic community,"
Academics from TNAU said that the mandate of the new VC will
include improving the research atmosphere of the institute.
Ramasamy said that he will initiate steps to equip the youth
to face global challenges. At the same time, sources close to him said that he
plans to enhance joint collaborations with foreign institutes and agencies.
[Source: Times of India]