Monday, August 8, 2011

Dr Bloeria first VC of Jammu Central University

Former Chief Secretary of the State, Dr Sudhir S Bloeria today assumed the charge as first Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Jammu after Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, New Delhi issued order of his appointment for a term of three years.

With this, wide-spread protest demonstrations during the past nearly one and half month over delay in appointment of local Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Jammu have come to an end. Ever since the sanctioning of separate Central University for Jammu in March 2009, uncertainty remained over the appointment of Vice-Chancellor as various organizations were in the favour of giving this responsibility to a Jammuite.

The President of India, Pratibha Devi Singh Patil considered several names recommended by the HRD Ministry but no decision was taken keeping in view the sentiments of Jammu people. Following the start of agitation over delay in appointment of Vice-Chancellor about 40 days back, the Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah talked to Union HRD Minister, Kapil Sibal and stressed for early appointment of local Vice-Chancellor of the Central University.

Today, the demand for appointment of local VC was met when Dr Bloeria assumed the charge of head of Central University of Jammu.

Dr Bloeria, an IAS Officer of J&K Cadre, is an ex-Army Officer having served in the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles from 1966 to 1972. He took part in the 1971 war with Pakistan.

An alumnus of the Scindia School Gwalior, he is a Science Graduate, also holds a Masters Degree in History, and acquired the Ph.D Degree from his thesis on "The Battles of Zojila-1948". A Graduate of the National Defence College, New Delhi, he takes keen interest in military history and national security matters.

Important assignments held by him include, Deputy Commissioner, Jammu, Development Commissioner, Ladakh, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Principal Secretary to Governor, Secretary to the Government in the Departments of Food, Civil Supplies, Transport, Forest, Public Works, Health and Medical Education.

He has been the Managing Director of J&K Small Scale Industries Development Corporation, and J&K State Road Transport Corporation, as also the CEO of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. During the inception stage, he was the Chief Executive of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University. He has also been on deputation to the Central Government as Joint Secretary J&K Affairs (MHA) and Director Enforcement.

Dr Bloeria was posted as Special Commissioner, Rajouri and Poonch districts in 1990-1992, with specific responsibility to keep that area free from militancy during that critical period. He remained Home Secretary to the State Government in 1995 and 1996 when Parliament and Assembly elections were conducted in the State after a gap of almost 10 years.

His last assignment was Chief Secretary from November 2002 till his superannuation in September 2005.

In July 2008, when Governor’s rule was imposed in the State, Dr Bloeria was appointed as Advisor to the Governor. He was instrumental in successfully handling the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board land agitation and, later, conducting the Assembly elections.

He has also authored three books, "The Battles of Zojila-1948", "Pakistan’s Insurgency and India’s Security" and "The Dying Terrorism."

Meanwhile, various political, social and student organisations besides people from cross section of society hailed the appointment of Dr Bloeria as first VC of Jammu Central University.

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