Dr.Thoudam Prabha Devi from the state of Manipur has become the youngest woman vice-chancellor of an Indian university besides being the first ever manipuri lady to hold the post.
The 40 year old lady and a resident of Naharup Makha Pat Awang Leikai in Imphal East district, is now appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s (JVW) University, Jaipur.
Prabha began her teaching career from Nirmalabas High School, Imphal and then years later, also taught at the Baptist College in Nagaland and the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Delhi. She joined JVW as a management professor in 2008, and she was appointed as the dean and then elevated to the post of VC in November last year after appearing in a selection test, topping two other contenders for the post.
Prabha passed her matriculation from Tamphasana Girls’ Higher Secondary School and got her pre-university degree from Modern College in Imphal. Later, she completed her B.Com from Osmania University, Hyderabad, and M.Com from Manipur University, where she also received her Ph.D degree in Commerce.
Interestingly, the six top administrative officers of the varsity—chancellor, CEO, VC, academic controller, registrar and provost, are all women. JVW varsity’s founder and adviser Pankaj Garg was declared the youngest founder of a university by India Book of Records. Currently, the varsity has 3,000 students with 300 teachers in various departments.
This year going forward, she has promised to offer five economically weak students from Manipur an opportunity to study free of cost at her university each year.