Indian Scholar Appointed VC of Canberra University

Posted on:14 Mar 2016 16:50:19

Indian Scholar Appointed VC of Canberra University
14 March 2016 Current Affairs GK: Noted Indian scholar and plant physiologist H Deep Saini has been appointed the next Vice Chancellor of the prestigious University of Canberra.Saini, 60, currently the Vice-President of the University of Toronto and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga campus in Canada, will succeed Vice Chancellor Stephen Parker in September who steps down from the post in July after over nine years in the service.Chancellor and Chair of University Council Tom Calma AO said the University's governing body was delighted that the internationally experienced university leader and academic has agreed to become the University of Canberra's fifth Vice- Chancellor, the university said in a statement."Saini's outstanding academic pedigree and vast international experience will be key to delivering on our vision to be recognised as one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions; world-ranked, with regional, national and international reach," Calma said."Saini comes from a very senior position in a truly world- leading university and will be great for the University of Canberra," Parker said.Saini, a notable plant physiologist, said he was thrilled to be appointed the University's Vice-Chancellor at such a fantastic time for the institution.An alumnus of Punjab Agricultural University in Ludhiana, and later the University of Adelaide, Australia, Saini joined many Indian-origin educationists holding high positions in Canadian universities.Saini is a noted plant physiologist and is the past president of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists and the Federation of Canadian Plant Science Societies, Saini also visited India as part of Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty’s ‘Clean Tech Mission to India’.

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