Dr Vijay Bhatkar, father of India’s first supercomputer and acclaimed scientist has been appointed the Chancellor of the Nalanda University in Rajgir, Bihar.
Senior MEA officials confirmed to the New Indian Express that Dr. Bhatkar’s name has been approved by the Visitor of the University, that is the President of India. The post was previously occupied by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
The post had called vacant after the former foreign minister of Singapore resigned alleging”domestic politics” in the functioning of the University.
It is this experience in institution building that has made him suitable for the job as the scientist does not have a background in the Buddhist studies that has been the core specialty of the Nalanda University. Whether the scientist be able to break the jinx of the University, that was established to revive the ancient glory of Nalanda, but has failed to take off.
Bhatkar is best known as the architect of India’s first supercomputer PARAM and as the founder Executive Director of C-DAC, India’s national initiative in supercomputing. He is credited with the creation of several national institutions, notably amongst them being C-DAC, ER&DC, IIITM-K, I2IT, ETH Research Lab, MKCL and India International Multiversity.