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Dr. Ananya Mukherjee takes charge as Vice-Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR

01 Feb 2022

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee took charge as Vice-Chancellor of Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR on 31 January 2022. She is the University’s third Vice-Chancellor, taking the mantle from Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh, who has ably led the institution for the last six years.

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee is a widely recognized academic leader, having held senior positions in two of Canada’s largest universities in Ontario and British Columbia. She served as the Provost and Vice-President at UBC Okanagan leading its strategy for academic excellence working with its nine Faculties and Schools with over 11,000 students. Before joining UBC, Dr. Mukherjee spent more than two decades at York University in Toronto, where she undertook many leadership roles. Most recently, she was Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, a role in which she led the largest liberal arts faculty in Canada with 23,000 students from 123 countries.

Dr. Mukherjee obtained her doctoral degree (Political Economy & Public Policy) from the University of Southern California, USA and her BA and MA degrees (Economics) from Jadavpur University, India. An interdisciplinary scholar of Development Studies, Dr. Mukherjee’s work focuses on inclusive and people-centered development.

Dr. Ananya Mukherjee said: “I am deeply humbled by this opportunity to lead a university with a demonstrated commitment to fostering world class, transformative research and a strong social mission. Shiv Nadar University’s faculty and academic leadership, drawn from some of the best institutions in India and the world and the trajectory it has established in ten short years inspired me; its bold, global ambitions resonated with me deeply. And very importantly, the unique positioning of Shiv Nadar University as a part of a larger ecosystem of educational institutions committed to overcoming the socio-economic divide was a major factor that attracted me.”

Welcoming Dr. Mukherjee, Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh said: “I am very pleased to welcome and pass the baton on to such a distinguished academic leader and scholar. Dr. Mukherjee brings in her rich multicultural experience and this will ensure that this great institution continues to thrive. I wish her and the University the very best for the future.”

As Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR enters its second decade of existence, it will continue to elevate its position in the Indian and global higher education landscape building on its legacy as a leading multidisciplinary and research & innovation-focused institution.