Dr. Pratap Jyoti Handique took charge as the new Vice-Chancellor of the prestigious Gauhati University (GU) on Wednesday. Governor Jagdish Mukhi on Monday appointed Handique as the new VC of GU.
Handique is a professor of Biotechnology in the University and was awarded a PhD from same university in 1992.
Later during 2005-2006, he did his post-doctoral research on molecular biotechnology in the laboratory of Professor JS Heslop-Horrison at Leicester University in the UK. Handique is known as one of the pioneers who worked for the development of Biotechnology in Assam and the Northeast.
The new VC will hold his office for a period of five years or till he attains the age of 70 years whichever is earlier as per provision under the Gauhati University Act, 1947, as amended up to date.