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Architect of India’s supercomputer Vijay Bhatkar to head Nalanda University in Bihar


Patna: Eminent computer scientist Dr Vijay Bhatkar has been appointed the new chancellor of the Nalanda University, a global project to revive an ancient seat of learning in India’s Bihar state.

His appointment was made by President Pranab Mukherjee who also happens to be the Visitor of revived NU. Bhatkar’s tenure will be for a period of three years.

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Bhatkar who currently happens to be the chancellor of India International Multiversity and national president of Vigyan Bharti—a science body of the RSS— is best known as an architect of India’s first super computer. He has been honoured with several awards, including Padma Shri.

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His appointment comes some six weeks after Singapore’s former foreign minister George Yeo resigned as the NU chancellor protesting against Indian government move to reconstitute the governing board without his consultation. George had resigned on November 25 last year.

“It is puzzling why I, as Chancellor, was not even given notice of it. When I was invited to take over the responsibility from Amartya Sen last year, I was repeatedly assured that the University would have autonomy. This appears not to be the case now,” George had said in a statement.

The revival of the NU was mooted by late President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam during his address to both Houses of the Bihar legislature in 2006. In 2014, the University was inaugurated by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

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