Noted educationist and former Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University A Gnanam died in Chennai today due to age-related ailments. He was 85 and is survived by a son and daughter, according to Pondicherry University sources. His wife predeceased him, in 2009. Gnanam was the second Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University from 1991 to 2007.
He headed the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. He had also served as Vice-Chancellor of the Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli and Madras University. He was associated with various policy-making bodies and institutions on higher education. Gnanam is said to have been instrumental in the establishment of the community college attached to Pondicherry University during his tenure as Vice-Chancellor. A meeting to condole his death was held at the university premises today.
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