Yogesh Kumar Tyagi has been appointed the new
vice-chancellor of Delhi University. He is a professor at South Asian
University and was selected by President Pranab Mukherjee from a panel of four
The HRD ministry had forwarded the four names to the
President last week. The President of India is a visitor of central universities and makes the
The names on the panel included 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 and Tyagi, who
is the dean of the law faculty at South Asian University.
Tyagi was the choice of the HRD ministry so he was a front
runner for the position.
It is believed that
earlier the President had ignored the HRD ministry's preference and appointed
IIT professor M Jagadesh Kumar to the post of JNU's vice-chancellor.
The former vice-chancellor was Dinesh Singh, whose tenure
saw controversy over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), which was
later rolled back after intervention by University Grants Commission.