Uttam Kumar Sarkar named new director of IIM-Calcutta
Uttam Kumar Sarkar was on Wednesday named the new director of IIM-Calcutta. The appointment will come into force with immediate effect, the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta said in a statement. Sarkar was selected from a large number of highly accomplished and qualified aspirants from India and abroad, through a very rigorous search process that lasted several months, it said.
Professor Sarkar knows IIM-Calcutta intimately: Chairperson
"Professor Sarkar knows IIM-Calcutta intimately- its history, culture, and the aspirations of its large body of faculty, students, alumni, staff, board, and all stakeholders," said Shrikrishna Kulkarni, the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIM-Calcutta. "Moreover, he is acutely aware of what needs to be done and how it must be done to help IIM-Calcutta achieve its global aspirations," he said.
Sarkar has numerous publications in international journals to his credit
Sarkar, a professor at the Management Information Systems Group at the premier B-School, obtained his BTech, MTech, and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from IIT-Kharagpur. He has an outstanding academic record, and is a leading researcher in the field of information systems with numerous publications in prestigious international journals to his credit, the statement said.
IIM-Calcutta's first woman director had resigned amid conflict with Board
In the last week of March, the first woman director of IIM-Calcutta, Anju Seth, stepped down a year before the end of her tenure. "I am disappointed as I'm leaving a dream only partially fulfilled; it's not what I had sought," she had told PTI then. The development had happened amid an unprecedented confrontation between the director and the Institute's Board.