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Kakodkar resigns as chairman of board of governors at IIT-B

His move comes ahead of a crucial meeting of search-cum-selection committee to select directors of IIT Patna, Bhubaneshwar and Ropar

Press Trust Of India  |  New Delhi 

Nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar has resigned as the chairman of the board of governors at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) Bombay apparently because of differences with the HRD Ministry over selection of some IIT directors.

Kakodkar, whose tenure was supposed to come to an end in May this year has, however, agreed to continue till that period after being persuaded by HRD minister Smriti Irani, sources in the ministry said.

"I have put down my papers because I want to move ahead," Kakodkar said but refused to comment on queries whether differences had cropped up between him and the minister over selection of the directors. Significantly, his move came ahead of a crucial meeting of search-cum-selection committee to select the directors of IIT Patna, Bhubaneshwar and Ropar.

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First Published: Thu, March 19 2015. 00:18 IST