July, 2015

Ashoka University appoints Malabika Sarkar as Principal Advisor (Academic)

New Delhi, July 20, 2015: Prof. Malabika Sarkar, former Vice Chancellor of Presidency University, Kolkata, has been appointed the Principal Advisor (Academic) at Ashoka University. In this new role, she will work with the Vice Chancellor to further the University’s academic vision.

Dr. Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Vice Chancellor at Ashoka University said, “We are very pleased to have Prof. Malabika Sarkar as an integral part of our University. Her wealth of experience and knowledge will help build Ashoka University into one of the finest educational institutions in the country.”

Prof. Sarkar was Vice-Chancellor of Presidency University till May 2014. Earlier, she was Head of the Department of English and member of the University Council at Jadavpur University. She was also a member of the UGC Panel of Experts in English and Foreign Languages and a panel member of NAAC.

An alumna of Presidency College, Kolkata, and Cambridge University, U.K., later Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge, she was elected to a Life Membership at Clare Hall in 2003. She is a Fellow of the English Association (FEA), U.K. Prof. Sarkar is the Founder President of the Centre for Studies in Romantic Literature and continues to direct its annual international conferences.

Deeply interested in women’s welfare and the education of underprivileged children, she is currently the President of the Women’s Coordinating Council (WCC), founded in 1960, the apex body in the State of West Bengal with 74 affiliated NGOs.

Prof. Malabika Sarkar, on joining Ashoka University, said, “I believe that Ashoka has taken the first critical steps in the right direction towards establishing a twenty first century Liberal Arts university. It has a great future ahead.”

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