Computer scientist Vijay P Bhatkar, who led the development of India's first supercomputer, Param, after the US refused to sell supercomputers to India, will be the new chancellor of Nalanda University (NU). Bhatkar is the national president of Vigyan Bharati, a science body of the RSS.

Bhatkar was appointed by President Pranab Mukherjee in his capacity as the NU visitor on Friday, six weeks after former Singapore minister George Yeo quit as NU chancellor on December 11 last year. Yeo, in his strong-worded resignation letter to Mukherjee, protested against the “unceremonious“ouster of interim VC Gopa Sabharwal, interpreting it as an attack on the autonomy of the varsity. Bhatkar was awarded the Padma Shri in 2000. He also received the Maharashtra Bhushan Award, the highest recognition of the government of Maharashtra, in 2000.