Padma Shri Dr Mahesh Verma appointed as the new VC of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
Padma Shri and B. C. Roy awardee Dr Mahesh Verma, who was serving as the Director-Principal of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, has been announced as the new Vice-Chancellor of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU), in a notification released by the Secretary, Higher Education, Delhi government.
The higher education department of Delhi Government has appointed Dr Mahesh Verma, an eminent academician, researcher, administrator as the new VC of Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) for the next five years. Before this appointment, Dr Mahesh Verma served as the director of Maulana Azad Medical Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS).
Dr Verma has received the State Award from the Government of Delhi in 2001, the B. C. Roy Award in 2007, and the civilian award of Padma Shri in 2014, when he was included in the Republic Day honours. He is also a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons & Physicians, Glasgow; Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, England; Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh; Fellow, International College of Oral Implantologist; and an honorary member of the American Dental Association.
Dr Verma will focus on the development of infrastructure, multidisciplinary research, ensuring student and employee welfare— once he takes over as the VC of the university which has over 128 colleges.
While serving as the Director-Principal of Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS), the dental wing of Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, Dr Verma helped MAIDS evolve from a dental school of meagre proportions into a Centre of Excellence with a daily count of over 1200 inpatients. An Outlook - Marketing and Development Research Associates (MDRA) survey of premier Indian dental schools placed MAIDS as the best dental school in India.
As a World Health Organization (WHO) fellow, Dr Verma is involved in WHO social and community projects as well as institutional projects of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). One of his projects is the development of indigenous dental implants involving Indian Institute of Technology and the CSIR, funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology.