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After 50 years, Manmohan Singh to teach again at his alma mater

India TV Politics Desk 07 Apr 2016, 10:02:14 AM IST
India TV Politics Desk

Chandigarh: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is set to return to Punjab University as head of a chair, where he was once a student and later a teacher more than half a century ago.

Singh has accepted the Punjab University's (PU) offer of Professorship for Jawaharlal Nehru Chair.

We have worked out the logistics, which was the main problem. He is happy to be able to come here and interact with students," said PU vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover

"He might deliver lectures during his visit to Chandigarh and the remaining ones through video conferencing."

Besides him, noted economist Yoginder K Alagh and Padma Bhushan awardee Ela Bhatt have also agreed to accept the offer of Professorship for Dr Manmohan Singh Chair and Mahatama Gandhi Chair respectively, Grover at a monthly Chairpersons' meeting on Wednesday.

Singh had done his BA in economics in 1952 from Punjab University and completed his master's in 1954, ranking first in the university in both. He joined the varsity as a senior lecturer in 1957 and became a professor in 1963 before joining the UN in New York in 1966.