Ashoka University on 4 May 2017 named Pratap Bhanu Mehta as its Vice Chancellor (VC).
The varsity announced that Mehta has been appointed "after conducting an extensive global search".
Mehta is a renowned public intellectual and head of Centre for Policy Research, a Delhi-based think-tank.
Mehta will take charge from 1 July 2017 at the Sonepat, Haryana-based university. He will be the second VC of the liberal arts university since its inception after Rudrangshu Mukherjee.
Mukherjee will now assume the responsibility of a Chancellor. He will replace sociologist Andre Beteille as Chancellor, who is near completion of his three-year term.
About Ashoka University
• Ashoka University is a fully residential interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research university.
• The varsity has its focus on liberal arts.
• It is located in Sonepat, Haryana.
• The university is recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC), the Government of India and the Government of Haryana.
Who: Pratap Bhanu Mehta
When: 4 May 2017