New VC for Anna varsity
R. Velraj, who was Director of the Institute for Energy Studies and Director of the Institute of CFAO Anna University-FRG and currently Professor at the Institute for Energy Studies, has been appointed Vice-Chancellor of Anna University . .
According to a statement from Raj Bhavan, Professor Velraj will serve for three years from taking office. The governor-chancellor handed over the appointment order to Professor Velraj on Wednesday.
Professor Velraj has 33 years of teaching experience and has published 193 research articles in journals indexed with H-Index 52 and over 10,000 citations. He also presented 29 papers at international academic / research events and organized four international academic / research events, the statement added.
Author of three books, he has presented 31 research papers at national conferences. He carried out 15 research projects worth 17.85 crore. He has directed 33 doctorates. academics and two MS students. He has two patents and six MoUs to his credit.
He formulated three courses for the doctorate. program of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, introduced nine new courses for the Master of Engineering and participated in the formulation of two academic programs for the Master of Engineering at Anna University.
He is well versed in university administration, having 14 years of administrative experience as Director, Deputy Director and Head of Division. He was also a member of the study council, member of the academic council of Anna University and various other educational institutions.
He has visited seven foreign countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Russia, South Korea and Australia, for academic and research purposes.
His appointment was well received by his colleagues. They expect research to get a boost. As he comes from the university system, the faculty believes he will have a good understanding of it. “There is no whiff of corruption against him,” said a colleague.
We remember that political parties opposed the appointment of the former vice-chancellor, Mr. K. Surappa, on the grounds that he was from the neighboring state of Karnataka.