The University of Cape Town has announced that the institution’s former emeritus Professor Batmanathan Dayanand Reddy will act as the interim vice-chancellor for six months.
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The decision to get back Reddy out of retirement comes after UCT’s former Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng’s special leave that will lead to her exit after a number of complaints were levelled against her and investigations into how the university was being run.
The decision was made by the Senate and the Institutional Forum.
According to News24, Babalwa Ngonyama, UCT’s chairperson announced that Reddy will step into his new role as of tomorrow, 14 March 2023 until the new vice-chancellor is appointed.
“We want to thank professor Reddy for availing himself of this role, and we warmly support him back to UCT. I am sure we will all offer him our support during his interim tenure,” Ngonyama said.
About Professor Daya Reddy:
- He retired from UCT in 2020
- He worked almost his entire academic career at UCT
- He attained various scholarly awards during his career, locally and internationally
- He served as the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics
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