Prof. Bechan Lal who has currently served as Professor and Head, Department of Zoology, Banaras Hindu University joined as Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu in a momentous ceremony thereby, relieving Prof. Manoj Dhar, Vice Chancellor, University of Jammu who was holding the additional charge of VC CLUJ for the past nearly eight months.
Prof. Bechan Lal, an alumnus of Banaras Hindu University, an eminent academician, a distinguished scientific researcher with an illustrious experience of teaching and research has held a number of significant leadership roles in universities and higher education and has served on several prestigious academic bodies both at the national and international levels.
Dr. Jatinder Khajuria, Registrar, CLUJ formally greeted and introduced the Cluster fraternity to the dignitaries. The ceremony commenced with a formal welcome by Dr. Twinkle Suri, Dean Students Welfare in which she presented a brief profile of CLUJ and the university’s vision of nurturing a knowledge society of enriched learners under one umbrella indicating the ethos of a Cluster signifying the plurality and diversity of the university. Prof. Manoj Dhar, the outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University acknowledged the cooperation and support extended by the faculty of the University during his brief tenure and appreciated the efforts of the university to hold together in the most unprecedented times amidst the Covid-19 outbreak and the challenges it reposed.
He assured full support from Jammu University whenever needed. Prof. Bechan Lal, Vice Chancellor, Cluster University of Jammu in his maiden address exhorted that the major purpose of his sojourn from the holy city of Banaras to the city of temples is to contribute and strengthen Cluster University of Jammu at diverse parameters from academia to research and also entrepreneurship and employability.
He reiteriated the university faculty to work together as a team towards the common vision of achieving glorious heights and creating and sustaining a community of life long learners. He also assured his unflinching support for the qualitative up gradation of the university. Dr. Bhopinder Singh, Dean Academic Affairs, CLUJ, Deans of faculties- Prof. Mushtaq Lone, Faculty of Education also Controller Examination , Dr. Geetanjali A.Rana, Facutly of Arts, Dr. Sanjay Verma, Faculty of Sciences, Dr. Sindhu Kapoor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Principals of Constituent Colleges -Dr. Ravinder Tickoo, GGM Science College, Dr. Ranjeet Jamwal, SPMR College of Commerce, Dr. Sangeeta Nagari, GCW Gandhi Nagar, Dr. Kulvinder Kour, GCOE and Prof. Sunil Uppal, MAM College and also Dr. Rajinder Sharma Joint Controller, Examination were present on the occasion.