CHANDIGARH: Former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh is all set to return to his alma mater after accepting the offer for professorship for the Jawaharlal Nehru Chair. Panjab University vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover said, “We have worked out the logistics, which is the main problem. He might deliver lectures during his visit to Chandigarh and the remaining ones through video conferencing.” Singh took his masters degree in economics from PU in 1954 and joined as senior lecturer in economics in 1957. However, he left in 1966, after he was appointed as economic affairs officer (UNCTAD) at the UN Secretariat, New York. Former VC RP Bambah had raised the subject of teaching with Manmohan Singh at a function in Chandigarh a few months back.
“Bambah had told him that the visit would be for a week. He has then said he would consider it. Once he established contact, students can later visit him in Delhi,” Grover said. Bambah said professorship chairs in Panjab University were meant for interaction of the community with distinguished people and to inspire students, faculty and departments. Singh, he said, won't take up any research in Panjab University but interact with students and departments to inspire them.