The ministry of human resource development, government of India, has appointed Prof Ved Prakash as chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC). Prof Ved Prakash replaces Prof Sukhadeo Thorat, whose term as chairman, UGC ended on February 6, 2011. Prior to joining UGC as chairman, Prof Prakash was vice chairman of the Commission since May 2009.
Prof Ved Prakash, an eminent academician and author of a number of books, articles and research papers, has also served as vice chancellor, National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) from 2005 to 2009. Before that he was secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC) from 2002 to 2005.
A recipient of US Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Prof Ved Prakash is also visiting faculty at University of Windsor and Harvard Institute of International Development (HIID), Harvard University.
While he was Professor and Head at National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Prof Prakash suggested various measures and reforms in higher education, including reforms in the examination system related to assessment and evaluation.
By Abhay Anand