Krea university VC quits citing personal reasons

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Less than a year after his appointment, Mahesh Rangarajan has stepped down as the vice-chancellor of Krea University citing personal exigencies.

“My departure for personal reasons and commitments is a moment of sadness. But, as a distinguished visiting professor, I look forward to continuing my association and engagement with faculty, students and the Krea community,” he said in a statement.

Rangarajan was appointed VC in July 2021. In a statement, the university’s management said, while the resignation has been accepted, Rangarajan would continue to serve as a distinguished visiting professor of history and environment at the Andhra Pradesh-based institution.

“Of the many institutions I have worked in, and the positions I have had the honour to serve, none has given me more pleasure than that at Krea University, not only as vice-chancellor but as a member of the faculty. To me, Krea is and will be more than a university,” Rangarajan added.

Meanwhile, the university has announced that it would initiate a search process for the next VC in consultation with its faculty and staff. In the interim, S Sivakumar will be the officiating VC.