Gulzar appointed as the chancellor of Assam University

The 78-year-old poet, lyricist and Padma Bhushan awardee Gulzar has been appointed as the chancellor of Assam University.

Gulzar's secretary also confirmed to the media, "Yes, it is true. He will be the new chancellor of the Assam University. We got the information from the university three or four days back."

The eminent lyricist has penned many hit Bollywood lyrics. His appointment as a chancellor of Assam University is a big pride for the university. "The appointment of the Chancellor in the central universities is the prerogative of the President of India, who is the Chief Visitor of the universities. Gulzar is an eminent personality and a Padma Bhushan awardee. The President of India might have thought it appropriate and hence it is done," said Pinak Pani Nath Purkayastha, secretary to the university's vice chancellor, Somnath Dasgupta.

The university had already uploaded Gulzar’s name as chancellor on its official website.

"We have received a confirmation from the eminent lyricist in this regard. Gulzar is likely to visit the university on May 13. However, the date is yet to be confirmed," said Purkayastha, adding that the university convocation begins from May 14.

Purkayastha, however, refused to divulge much details.

"We cannot comment much on the appointment of the chancellor. However, I feel it to be good news and that the appointment will definitely help the university in building its image in a better way," he said.

Assam University is located at Dargakona, about 20 km from Silchar, Assam.

It has strength of 300-plus faculty from many disciplines, from all over the country. The university also has 16 schools and 35 departments under major disciplines.