Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, former director of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and a member of Presidency University Mentor Group (PMG), has been appointed as the new vice chancellor of Presidency University (PU). He will succeed Malabika Sarkar, the outgoing interim VC of the university.
Bhattacharya, a former alumnus of Presidency College and doctorate in Physics from Northwestern University, will be the third VC of the varsity and its first full-time VC. He completed his Masters in Science from Delhi University.
Bhattacharya has been appointed for a period of four years. His appointment letter, which was faxed to him by the higher education department on Thursday, has asked him to join at his convenience. A senior state government official said, “At the moment, he is unavailable. But Bhattacharya may join from the third week of April after he returns from his prior engagements which he needs to wrap up before returning to Kolkata from Mumbai.”
The official also said, “His appointment letter states that he can choose to join immediately or inform about a date from which he wishes to take up the responsibilities. The government order says that he has been appointed for a term of four years or till he turns 65 years, whichever is earlier, or until further orders.”