Women's varsity gets new VC

Women's varsity gets new VC

The nine-year-old Karnataka State Women’s University (KSWU) got its third full-time vice chancellor on International Women’s Day.

The new V-C, Meena Rajiv Chandavarkar, who took charge in Bijapur on Thursday evening, says her priority would be to increase women’s enrolment in undergraduate, postgraduate and research courses. She also aims to tie up with the corporate world, NGOs, and other varsities to boost KSWU’s infrastructure. As many as 85 colleges in 13 districts of North Karnataka are affiliated to KSWU.

Governor H R Bhardwaj, who is also the Chancellor of KSWU, picked Chandavarkar from among the panel of names recommended by the search committee. The new V-C will have a four-year tenure, starting Thursday.

Born in Mumbai, Chandavarkar studied M Com at N M College of Commerce and Economics, Vile Parle. She settled in Karnataka after her marriage to Rajiv Chandavarkar, a pathologist, in 1976. She worked with the Union Bank of India till 1984 when she joined S R Narasapur Arts and M B Shirur Commerce College, Bagalkot, as a teacher.

She was named the Director of the Academic Staff College, Karnatak University in 2008, a post she held till she was appointed the Vicechancellor.

Chandavarkar holds a doctorate in “Human Resource Development and its effects on the productivity of an organisation with respect to the cement industry”.

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