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PTI India
Updated: 10-11-2018 14:44 IST

Bidyut Chakraborty, the

newly appointed vice chancellor of Visva-Bharati University,

has assumed office, a month after the President Ram Nath

Kovind cleared his name for the position.

Chakraborty, a former professor of the Delhi

University, reached Santiniketan Friday morning, along with

his family members, and paid tribute to Rabindranath Tagore on

the university premises before taking charge from officiating

vice chancellor Sabuj Koli Sen.

Sen, who received him at the institute, said, "We

welcome Chakraborty cordially to the university and hope all

people concerned will come forward to cooperate with him."

The central university, set up by Tagore, has been

running without a permanent head since 2016, after Sushanta

Duttagupta was removed from the post of VC on ground of

irregularities by the then HRD Minister Smriti Irani.

Saugata Chattopadhyay, the officiating registrar of

the university, said Chakraborty briefly interacted with

senior officials and teachers upon his arrival.

"The new VC met the senior officials and visited

places of importance on the university campus, including

Rabindra Bhavana, before joining office. He left for his

ancestral home at Suri later in the day," Chattopadhyay said.

Expressing hope that Chakraborty would address the

grievances of students and teachers, Sudipta Bhattacharya, the

president of Visva Bharati University Faculty Association,

said several measures need to be taken to restore the glory of

the institute.

"We are looking forward to a fresh beginning. The new

VC is an experienced person and a good scholar. We have been

deprived of promotion for a long time and a number of posts

are lying vacant at the university. We hope necessary actions

will be taken to solve the crises," Bhattacharya added.

An alumnus of Ballygunge Government High School,

Chakrabarty earned his master's degree from the University of

Calcutta before moving to London School of Economics for Ph.D.

In 1998, he joined the University of Delhi as a professor of

political science.

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