Hyderabad: The Union ministry of education on Friday appointed Professor Basuthkar Jagadeeshwar Rao as the new Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hyderabad. He is a senior professor, the chair of Biology, and dean faculty at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Tirupati.
He will be serving as the new Vice-Chancellor for a term of five years from the date of his appointment. Prof. Rao was a senior professor in the department of biological sciences at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, and the head of mechanism of genome dynamics and cellular adaptations laboratory, TIFR.
He obtained his B.Sc from Nizam College and his M.Sc from Osmania University, Hyderabad. He obtained a PhD from the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, in the domain of biochemistry. He then went on to do his postdoctoral work at Yale Medical School where he served as a research scientist for about seven years.
The UoH Vice-Chancellor's post was vacant after Professor Appa Rao Podile stepped down on 7 June. Prof. Arun Agarwal, the senior-most professor at the University, was in-charge Vice-Chancellor of the University.
Prof. Podile was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of UoH on 21 September 2015 for a period of five years. He was granted a one-year extension in September 2020. In March 2021, Prof. Podile had requested the ministry of education to relieve him from the position.