Pratap Bhanu Mehta appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Ashoka University

Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Ashoka University at Sonipat in Haryana, set up on the collective philanthropy model, today announced the appointment of well-known political scientist Pratap Bhanu Mehta as its second Vice-Chancellor.
Dr. Mehta, who is currently the President and Chief Executive of the centre for Policy Research (CPR) in New Delhi, will assume his new responsibilities from July 1, the announcement said.
Regarded as one of India's leading political scientists and an outstanding public intellectual, Dr. Mehta has worked extensively on political theory, intellectual history, constitutional law, politics and society in India, and on international politics. Before he joined as the head of the CPR, he had taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and the New York University School of Law.
Dr Mehta has served on many central government committees, including India’s National Security Advisory Board, the Prime Minister of India’s National Knowledge Commission, and a Supreme Court-appointed committee on elections in Indian universities.
He is a a prolific writer; he is an editorial consultant to the Indian Express, and his columns have appeared in dailies including the Financial Times, the Telegraph, the International Herald Tribune, and The Hindu. He is also on the editorial boards of many academic journals, including the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Democracy, and India and Global Affairs.
Dr Mehta holds a BA (first class) in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford, where he went to St. John's College, and a PhD in politics from Princeton. He received the 2010 Malcom S. Adishehshiah Award and the 2011 Infosys Prize for Social Sciences - Political Science.
He is the author of The Burden of Democracy and the co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Indian Constitution, Shaping the Emerging World: India and the Multilateral Order, Non Alignment 2.0, The Oxford Companion to Politics in India, Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design. 
Dr. Mehta’s intellectual concerns are profoundly interdisciplinary and he is deeply committed to the idea of a wide-ranging liberal education. He is an outstanding teacher and scholar, the announcement noted.
"After conducting an extensive global search, the selection committee – consisting of a few founders, faculty members and academic advisory board members – were of the unanimous opinion that Dr. Mehta is best suited to carry forward and enrich the vision that is already embodied in Ashoka University," it said.
Dr. Mehta will succeed Prof. Rudrangshu Mukherjee, who is the founding Vice-Chancellor of the university. Prof. Mukherjee will be the university's next Chancellor with the completion of Prof. Andre Beteille’s three-year term. 
"Prof. Mukherjee has played a crucial role as Ashoka’s first Vice Chancellor, and has led the achievement of a significant number of milestones since his appointment in 2014. As the University’s Founding Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mukherjee’s guidance has been instrumental in steering the University through its formative years. In particular, he led from the front in teaching a full course load along with his day-to-day responsibilities as Vice Chancellor. He will continue this tradition as Chancellor of Ashoka University," the announcement said.
"Under Prof. Beteille and Prof. Mukherjee’s leadership, the University has had remarkable successes in its early years. The University has grown from a small pioneering institution to an established and highly reputed university. Going forward, under the combined leadership of Chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee and Vice Chancellor Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Ashoka University aspires to provide its students the highest quality liberal arts education and achieve its goal of becoming India’s best university," it added.




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