OUAT Vice Chancellor resigns

Bhubaneswar: Days after his tenure as Vice Chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) was extended by one month, Prof DP Ray resigned from the coveted post on Monday, coinciding with end of his current tenure.    

Notably, in 2009 Ray was re-appointed for three more years as the VC of OUAT, the second largest agriculture university in the country, inviting a public interest litigation (PIL) still pending at the Odisha High Court.

Ray’s resignation was informed by state agriculture minister Debi Prasad Mishra in the House today.

Race for the varsity top post has been hogging limelight for past few months after hectic lobbying started reportedly involving retired development commissioner Rabi Narayan Senapati, IIT-Kharagpur faculty member RK Panda, OUAT dean (extension education) Shankarsan Nanda, agriculture scientist Dibakar Nayak and fisheries expert PK Jena.

According to highly placed sources, Senapati is the first choice of state government not only he being a retired bureaucrat but also for enjoying a good rapport with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.