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Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit was recently appointed as the Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She is the first woman VC of the university. She was appointed by the President of India. Her appointment was recommended by the prime minister and the education ministry.
About Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit
She is a political science professor. She is also an alumna of JNU. She is a doctorate in international relations. Her tenure is for five years. Before becoming the VC of JNU, she was working as a political science professor at the Savitribai Phule University of Maharashtra. She started her career as a professor in Goa in 1988. Then she moved to Pune University in 1993. She has guided 29 doctorates. She has been a member of Indian Council of Social Science Research and University Grants Commission (UGC).
Controversies around Santishree
Snatishree was constantly criticising against the protests at JNU just like M Jagadesh Kumar. Jagadesh Kumar was the predecessor of Santishree. He was recently appointed as the UGC chairman (University Grants Commission).
Reason behind recent new appointments
JNU has always been at the centre of politics. The recent UGC chairman and JNU VC appointments are seen as politicizing factors. The JNU students form their own election committee. The university is the best place for the rise of apolitical faces, especially those from rural background. It ensures free and fair polling. The campus is in the peak during October with organizations like NSUI, ABVP, AISF, SFI, AISA deciding their candidates. The politics in the university is free from money and muscle. Also the students here see the debates as an integral part of politics.
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