JNU gets its first woman VC with Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit taking over

Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit

New Delhi

Professor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit from Savitribai Phule Pune University has been appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She will succeed Professor M Jagdesh Kumar as the VC of JNU. Professor Kumar has been appointed the chairman of UGC.

The Outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor M Jagdesh Kumar stated, “It gives me pleasure to inform that Professor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit from the Department of Politics and Public Administration, Savitribai Phule Pune University, has been appointed as the next vice-chancellor of JNU. She is the first woman vice-chancellor of JNU.”

Born in St Petersburg, Russia (formerly USSR), Professor Pandit has been in the field of education since 1988. She has also been in the research field since 1985. She is a member of several prestigious organisations such as the American Studies Research Institute, Hyderabad, the Indian Association of American Studies, the All India Political Science Association, the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, the Indian Secular Society, etc.

She has also authored books like ‘Parliament and Foreign Policy in India’ (1990) and ‘Restructuring Environmental governance in Asia-Ethics and Policy’ 2003.