South Asian University professor Yogesh Kumar Tyagi has been appointed the new Vice Chancellor of Delhi University after his name was approved by President Pranab Mukherjee from a panel of four persons.
Last week, the HRD ministry had forwarded the four names to the President who, as Visitor of Central Universities, makes the final selection.
Apart from Tyagi, who is the Dean of the Law Faculty at South Asian University, the other names on the panel were those of JNU professor Rameshwar Nath Kaul Bamezai, former IIT professor and UPSC member Hemchand Gupta and Bidyut Chakraborty, a professor in the DU Political Science department.
According to reports, Tyagi was the front-runner for the position as he was the HRD ministry’s choice.
Earlier, it was reported that while appointing the JNU Vice Chancellor, the President had ignored the HRD ministry’s preference and appointed IIT professor M Jagadesh Kumar to the post.
Tyagi will assume charge of the new assignment from Dinesh Singh, whose tenure saw controversy over the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), which was later rolled back after intervention by University Grants Commission.