Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Printed from-The Times of India -Breaking news-Vibhuti Narain Rai is Hindi University VC

4 Sep 2008, 0312 hrs IST,TNN
President Pratibha Patil has given her nod to the appointment of Vibhuti Narain Rai, additional director general of police, Uttar Pradesh, and a noted writer as the new vice chancellor of Wardha-based Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University.
She approved the appointment before beginning her tour of her home-district Amravati which is adjacent to Wardha.
She picked up Rai from among the four names suggested by a search committee on July 29. The picking up of an IPS officer with known administrative capability as well as substantial contribution to literature reflects the desire of government to finally end the controversies that have been plaguing the university.
The University's first vice-chancellor Ashok Bajpai was also an IAS officer from MP cadre and a well-known poet.
Rai (57), is an IPS officer of 1975 batch, and is known for his literary contributions as well.
His notable books include 'Shahar Mein Curfew' , Combating Communal Conflict, Communal Conflicts: Perception of Police Neutrality During Hindu-Muslim Riots in India, 'Kissa Loktantra ' , and 'Tabadala' .
Rai told TOI he may take over his new responsibility on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. On the controversies in the university he merely said he would like time to understand the issues.
"It is too early to comment as the HRD ministry is yet to give me a formal letter of appointment," he said.
The chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi International Hindi University and legendary Hindi critic, Prof Namwar Singh has expressed his support to the new vice chancellor Vibhuti Narain Rai.
Talking to TOI from Delhi he said, "I know Vibhuti personally and am assured of his capability. He will lead the university to develop and attain the same status as the Urdu university at Hyderabad which was established at the same time. I hope he will coordinate well with the executive council to remove the mess in the university."
The executive council members have been boycotting the university for the last one year. The vice-president of Kendriya Hindi Sansthan, Ramsharan Joshi said, "I think he will give a boost to research work in humanities through Hindi medium, shape the academic activities that got derailed during the tenure of his predecessors. Only he must stay at Wardha, which is essential for proper functioning of the institution."


S.R. Darapuri said...

Dear Vibhuti Narain,
Let me first of all congratulate you for your selection to the prestigious University. I wish you all the best at new assignment.
I have added one more article to my blog: on "What Mayawati has done to the dalits of U.P.?"
With best wishes,

Anonymous said...

भैया को चरण स्पर्श, और बहुत-बहुत शुभकामनाएं। क़ानून और व्यवस्था की सेवा के साथ-साथ आप हिंदी की अनवरत सेवा करते रहे हैं लेकिन इस खास किरदार में आप को हिंदी की सेवा का एक खास अवसर मिला है। आप दुनिया भर के हिंदी प्रेमियों के लिए नई रोशनी लेकर आएंगे ऐसी आशा है। आपकी स्नेहच्छाया को महसूस करना किसी के लिए भी सौभाग्य की बात है।
आपका अनुज
अमर आनंद

Unknown said...

vibhuti jee,

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Rai,
Congratulations on this challenging but hopefully rewarding position. I am sure that your ability to foster dialogue across divides, and reasoning over obstacles will make a difference. But Maharashtra? It's so far from from Jokehara. Nonetheless, I wish you all the very best.
With warm wishes,