Professor Talat Ahmad has been appointed as the vice chancellor of Kashmir University while Manoj Dhar took over as the vice-chancellor of Jammu University on Wednesday.
An official at the Kashmir University confirmed the appointment of Prof Talat as the new VC.
Prof Talat has earlier served as the VC Kashmir University from 2012 to 2014. He was given a three-year extension, six months ahead of the completion of his first term, but was soon appointed as the vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia for next five years. His term at the Jamia is ending in the middle of 2019.
After his M Sc in Geology from Aligarh Muslim University in 1977 and M Phil in Ore Petrology from JNU in 1980, Prof Talat completed his Ph.D. in Igneous Petrology from JNU in 1985. He subsequently did a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Leicester in 1988-89, another postdoctoral fellowship with the University of Cambridge in 1997-98 and yet another postdoctoral fellowship with Nagoya University (Japan) 1999-2000.
Talat joined Geological Survey of India as Geologist in February 1980 and later worked as a Scientist-B with Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun from July 16, 1984, to September 3, 1989. He held different academic and research positions and fellowships with a number of universities and later worked as a Scientist-C with Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehra Dun.