By Swagatika Sahoo

Bhubaneswar :Vice chancellor of Sambalpur university, prof Deepak Kumar Behera,  and vice chancellor of Berhampur university, prof Govind j Chakrapani, are named as the first vice chancellors of Rajendra university of Balangir and Kalahandi university of Bhawanipatna, respectively.

According to the official orders by Office of the Chancellor has issued on Friday,  both Behera and Chakrapani will remain in additional charge of these two new universities for a period of one year or till the joining of regular VCs or till the further orders, whichever is earlier, said a Raj Bhawan communiqué.

The Rajendra College, Balangir is one of the premier institutes in Orissa which was established in 1994 offering various courses in the fields of Arts, Science, and Commerce. Kalahandi University, Bhawanipatna was established in 1960 and offers 29 courses in total.

 The state government had given unitary university status to the Government Autonomous College, Bhawanipatna, on March 6, 2019, and Rajendra Autonomous College, Balangir, on March 2, 2019.

There are in total 65 affiliated colleges under Rajendra University in Balangir and Sonepur districts under its jurisdiction, while Kalahandi University has 50 colleges in Kalahandi and Nuapada districts.

Chakrapani is at present serving as a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences, IIT, Roorkee. After completing his MSc in Applied Geology from IIT, Mumbai, he did his M Phil in Environmental Sciences and PhD from JNU, New Delhi in Environmental Geosciences.

Chakrapani did his Post Doctorate in Marine Sciences from the University of Delaware, USA in 1991-92. He has 27 years of teaching experience and also academic administrative experience of 23 years by holding several posts and responsibilities.

Behera is an alumnus of Sambalpur University. He had earlier served as the VC of Berhampur University. After completing his post-graduation in Anthropology and Sociology, he got his Ph.D from Sambalpur University.

A former professor and head of the Anthropology department in Sambalpur University, he has 31 years of teaching experience. He has 45 research paper publications to his credit and also authored a book.