Srinagar: Professor Talat Ahmad has been appointed as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, sources said on Wednesday.
They said that professor Manoj Dhar has been appointed as the vice chancellor of Jammu University.
Although the varsity was yet to receive an official communication over the development, a top official at the KU told Kashmir Reader that Talat would assume charge as VC, KU “within a few days”.
Professor Talat has served as VC Kashmir University from 2012 to 2014 as well.
A professor in Geology, Prof Talt completed his MSc in geology from Aligarh Muslim University in 1977 followed by an M Phil in Ore Petrology from JNU in 1980. He then went onto complete his PhD in Igneous Petrology from JNU in 1985. In 1988-89, Prof. Talat did a Post Doctoral Fellowship with University of Liecester, while in 1997-98, he did he did another Post Doctoral Fellowship with University of Cambridge. In 1999-2000, he did another Post Doctoral Fellowship with Nagota University (Japan). He joined Geological Survey of India as Geologist in February 1980 and later worked as a Scientist-B with Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun from 16-7-1984 to 3-9-1989. He held different academic and research positions and fellowships with a number of universities and later worked as a Scientist-C with Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun. He has been functioning as Professor at Department of Geology, University of Delhi, continuously since 31-10-2003. Prof Talat received the prestigious National Mineral Award, 1994 from the Government of India. He is a Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore and a Life Member of Mineralogical Society of India.