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Raj Bhavan, Mumbai

7 July 2010 PRESS RELEASE

Dr Rajan Welukar to be the new Vice Chancellor of Mumbai University

The Governor of Maharashtra K. Sankaranarayanan in his capacity as the Chancellor of the universities in the State today appointed Dr. Rajan M. Welukar, former Vice Chancellor of the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University as the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai. The appointment shall come into effect from the date Dr Welukar assumes the charge of the office of the Vice Chancellor and shall be for a term of five years. The Chancellor had personal interaction with all the candidates shortlisted by the Search Committee headed by Dr Ashok Kolaskar on Wednesday morning. The five candidates who had personal interaction with the Governor included Dr N. S. Gajbhiye, Vice Chancellor of Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University, Sagar (M.P.), Dr (Smt.) Nilima Kshirsagar, Professor and Dean, P.G. Institute of Medical Science and Research, MGM Hospital, Mumbai, Dr (Smt) Alka Gogte, Ex-Professor and Dean, Lokmanya Tilak Medical College and Hospital, Sion, Mumbai, Dr Naresh Chandra, Principal, Birla College, Kalyan, Dist. Thane and Dr Rajan Welukar.

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Dr Welukar holds Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Statistics. He has 25 years of experience in the field of higher education which includes teaching at the under-graduate and post-graduate levels, academic administration, training and capacity building, community service, youth development, etc. Dr Welukar had been serving as the Director of Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research & Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE) from 21 September 2009. Between 2004 and 2009, he had served as the Vice Chancellor of the Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, Nashik. Prior to that, he served as Senior Programme Officer and HRD Lead Officer to the Commonwealth Secretariat's Commonwealth Youth Programme, Asia Region. Dr Welukar was an Officer on Special Duty in the Higher and Technical Department of Government of Maharashtra and also served as Deputy Secretary (Education) to the Governor of Maharashtra between March 2002 and October 2003. Dr Welukar was State Liaison Officer, National Service Scheme between 1996 and 2000. (Dr Rajan Welukar's contact nos.: 97695 23521 / 6151 0700)

(Umesh R. Kashikar) Public Relations Officer 2367 0098 / 99208 99068 [email protected]

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