Yogesh Singh, the head of the state-run Delhi technological University DTU, is now appointed as the 23rd vice-chancellor (VC) of Delhi University (DU) on Wednesday by President Ram Nath Kovind. Now Yogesh Singh succeeded Yogesh Tyagi who was suspended in October last year by the union education ministry due to the charges of non-performance. In the functioning of the university under Tyagi’s tenure, the center found many shortcomings in its functioning. While on the other hand, PC Joshi has been serving as the acting vice-chancellor till now who was the pro-vice-chancellor.
Yogesh Singh, 55, is considered close to RSS that is the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh – backed teachers group which is the Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal. According to the report of the Hindustan Times, the officials of the education ministry confirmed that at first, five candidates were shortlisted by the search – cum – selection committee. But only Yogesh Singh’s name was sent for the final nod from the president who is also a visitor of all the central universities.
Through a letter, the ministry of union education announced the Delhi University registrar about the new appointment on Wednesday. In the letter which is officially signed by PK Singh, it was mentioned, “the President of India in his capacity as the visitor of the University of Delhi has been pleased to appoint professor Yogesh Singh the vice-chancellor of Delhi technological University, Delhi, as the vice-chancellor of Delhi University, for the period of five years, from the date on which he enters upon his office.”
Earlier, Yogesh Singh used to serve as the director of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (currently known as Netaji Subhas University of Technology) between 2014 to 2017. And then in 2015, he joined Delhi Technological University and from 2015 to 2017 he handled the charges of both Delhi Technological University and Netaji Subhas Institute Of Technology. Between 2011 and 2014, he has also served in the position of vice-chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, which is located in Gujarat. His tenure was extended for the second term by the Gujarat government under then chief minister Narendra Modi. According to an official, Yogesh Singh then moved to Delhi due to some reasons in 2014 and then he joined Netaji Subhas Institute Of Technology.
Yogesh Singh, who belongs from Aligarh from Uttar Pradesh, studied Mtech in electronics and communication engineering from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Kurukshetra, located in Haryana. And from the same institution, he did his Ph.D. in computer engineering.
Yogesh Singh said that it is a privilege to be selected as the vice-chancellor of Delhi University and further he said that, “it is a great opportunity and a matter of pride for me. Delhi University is one of the best institutions in the country and it will be my privilege to serve as the vice-chancellor of this institution. It becomes even more special that I have been selected as the vice-chancellor of Delhi University in its centenary year.” Further, he added, “I am a Team player. I will work taking all stakeholders together and take all necessary steps for the growth and development of this institution.”
While on the other hand president Ram Nath Kovind also appointed the vice chancellor for Dr Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya which is located in Madhya Pradesh and Neelima Gupta is appointed as the vice-chancellor. She is currently the vice-chancellor of Bihar’s Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University. The process for the appointment of the vice-chancellor is still pending for 8 other central universities, which also includes the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), located in Delhi.