Dr Jancy James, the first woman Vice Chancellor of Kerala, has been selected for the prestigious Prof M V Pylee Award for the best academician instituted by Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Dr Jancy was the former VC of Mahatma Gandhi University and founder Vice Chancellor of Central University of Kerala.
The Award, which was instituted in the year 1996 in honour of CUSAT’s former Vice Chancellor and distinguished scholar Prof. M.V. Pylee, carries an amount of Rs.One lakh and a Citation,
Prof M.V. Pylee Award for the distinguished academician is the most covetable one for a University teacher in the country. The award has been instituted through an endowment created in Cochin University of Science and Technology by Prof M.V. Pylee, former Vice-Chancellor of CUSAT from a corpus of Rs. 10.00 lakh donated by him.
The annual award is given to a Professor of an Indian University, a national Institute or an organisation, who has contributed much to the field of higher education. The awardee is expected to be an excellent teacher, a good researcher, a good research guide, a great institution-builder, a great team leader/organizer, a national leader in higher education, an educationist, an educational planner, a visionary of future programmes in higher education, etc.
Dr. Jancy, who is an established author, literary critic, researcher and translator, is the eighth recipient of the award since its institution in 1996. She has served as member of Kendra Sahitya Akademi and as the National President of the Comparative Literature Association of India. A post-doctoral Commonwealth Fellow in University of Warwick, UK, Jancy was also a Faculty Research Fellow in Toronto University, Canada.
The award will be presented at a function to be held at Kochi which will be followed by the “Award Lecture” by recipient of the award. Seminar on Educational Reforms and a Model Lecture/Class, by a prominent Educationist.