Harilal Menon 1st GU scholar to become its vice-chancellor | Goa News

Panaji: The Governor and Chancellor of the University of Goa, PS Sreedharan Pillai, on Friday appointed Harilal B Menon as the vice-chancellor of the university. Menon, who is set to take matters into his own hands immediately, will be the university’s first full-time scholar to be his VC.
Menon, who was dean of the School of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at GU, will serve a five-year term. More than 260 people applied for the post of vice-chancellor after Varun Sahni’s tenure ended last month.
Sahni had also been a reader at GU before being selected as Vice Chancellor, but Menon has served the University of Goa full time since joining the university in November 1988. He was among the first batches to be recruited from the University of Goa, when the university was still finding its feet.
Born in 1962, the new VC has worked on many projects as an investigator or co-investigator, funded by agencies like ISRO. In 1984, he received a grant from the CSIR.
Menon’s areas of specialization are optical remote sensing of coastal and estuarine waters and aerosol science.
He holds a doctorate from the Cochin University of Science and Technology and did his post-doctoral work at the Max-Plank Meteorological Institute and the Institute of Oceanography.
He has numerous research publications to his credit. Menon is one of GU’s most experienced faculty members.
After Sahni’s term ended, the Chancellor appointed a three-member committee with CSIR Director General Shekhar Mande, former NCERT Director Jagmohan Singh Rajput and DRDO’s G Satish Reddy as members.
Of the more than 260 applicants, 23 were shortlisted and interviewed on August 25. Among the applicants were several serving IIT professors, including former IITs from Bombay and Kharagpur. A former director of the Indian Institutes of Scientific Education and Research (IISER) was also among the many applicants. Besides Menon, another senior GU professor was also up for the job.
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