SRMIST has a new and unique feather to add to its cap with its Vice Chancellor Dr. Sandeep Sancheti taking up the mantle as the 97th President of The Association of Indian Universities (AIU). He has succeeded Shri. P.B. Sharma of Amity University. The AIU has a total of 720 members as Vice Chancellors to represent different universities throughout the country. Some of the other notable personalities who had assumed the position previously include Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India.
Prof. Sancheti, known to be an institution builder, before joining SRMIST as its Vice Chancellor, served in various commanding positions in premier institutes of India such as Manipal University Jaipur, National Institute of Technology Delhi, Director NITK Surathkal and NIT Tiruchirapalli, NIT Calicut, School of Planning & Architecture (SPA) Delhi and NIT Goa, NIT Puducherry and NIT Sikkim.
The AIU, formerly known as the Inter-University Board (IUB) was formed by Lord Reading, a British Viceroy in the pre-independence era. It had functioned since March 23, 1925 as a body of authority to unite all universities under a single platform. The emergent IUB acquired a legal status as a registered society in 1967. It had assumed its present name in 1973. The AIU’s primary mission is to act as a medium for inter-university communication and activities. It also fosters inter-university coordination and enhance the current standards of education in the present day university scenario. It is also worthy of notice that the AIU also acts as a communication exchange between foreign Universities and Indian Universities working towards common interests and goals.
This is a memorable moment for SRMIST as the Institute’s Vice Chancellor has been selected for such an honourable position in such a prestigious educational entity. We wish him a fruitful year ahead in this new position.