Srinagar: Professor Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi has been appointed as the Vice-Chancellor of Kashmir University, official sources said Thursday.
The decision was taken during a meeting at Raj Bhawan here between Governor NN Vohra and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, the varsity’s Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, respectively.
Following the decision, Andrabi’s name was sent to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police for clearance.
A formal order about Andrabi’s appointment is likely to be issued on Friday, the sources told Kashmir Reader.
Prof Andrabi, who hitherto headed KU’s Bio-Technology Department, would relieve incumbent interim V-C, Prof A M Shah. He has specialization in Molecular Biology and has done his Ph D from PGI Chandigarh.
He also did his post doctorate from Tufts University Medical School Boston, MA (1991-1992); Harvard Medical School Boston, MA (1992-1995); and Faculty Staff, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio (1999-2000). He has over 20 research publications to his credit.
Prof Andrabi was among the three shortlisted candidates for the V-C’s post. The other two included Prof S W A Naqvi, Director, National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, Goa, and Professor Javed Masrat of Physics Department. Prof Naqwi, who has 14000 citations to his credit, had withdrawn his candidature on health grounds.
Out of as many as 40 academicians from Valley and outside who had applied for the top post, 11 were shortlisted by the three-member search committee comprising former V-Cs—Prof Goverdhan Mehta, Prof Solanki and Prof A M Pathan. The search committee headed by Prof Mehta was formed a month after former V-C Prof Talat Ahmad turned down the extension offer from the Omar Abdullah government and instead preferred to joined Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, as its V-C.
The 11 shortlisted candidates, including five from the Valley, also had an interaction with the search panel at Indian Habitat Centre, New Delhi in August this year. After interaction, the panel submitted the names of the three aspirants to the Raj Bhawan.