Association of Indian Universities nominates CAU vice chancellor as it`s president during Kochi meeting

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IMPHAL, Dec 24: Dr S N Puri, vice chancellor, Central Agricultural University, Imphal, Manipur has been nominated as president of the Association of Indian Universities for the year 2012-13.

Dr Puri is likely to assume the office of president, Association of Indian Universities on July 1, 2012, a release of the CAU said.

The decision was made at the annual general body meeting of the association held at Kochi on December 17, 2011.

Dr. Puri is presently working as vice-chancellor of C.A.U. Imphal.

He started his career as assistant Professor of College of Agriculture, Parbhani in Maharashtra in 1973 and rose to the position of Professor of Entomology in 1979. He moved to Delhi to take charge of director, National Centre for Integrated Pest Management (ICAR), New Delhi in 1995 before joining as vice-chancellor of Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Maharashtra in May 1999, the release added.

After working for two terms, he moved to Central Agricultural University, Imphal in 2004 as vice-chancellor.

The Central Agricultural University, Imphal has its jurisdiction over six states of N.E. Hill region. The University has progressed at a fast pace during the last five years and students from the North East graduating from this University have shown excellent performance all over the country, the release added.

On the basis of the performance in I.C.A.R.’s J.R.F. examination in 2011, the university is ranked at second position amongst the Agricultural Universities in India. For his contribution in the development of agricultural education in the North Eastern Region, Dr Puri was awarded Academic Leadership Award by Agriculture Today in 2010, the release added.

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