Lieutenant General Dr Madhuri Kanitkar, who is currently the Deputy Chief Integrated Defence Staff, has been appointed as the vice-chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS).
The appointment was approved by the chancellor of state universities, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. A statement shared by Raj Bhavan said that Kanitkar will hold the post for a five-year term or till the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier, from the date she assumes the office. She is set to take charge post her retirement later this year. The 61-year-old will be taking over the reins from Dr Deelip Mhaisekar whose term ended in February this year.
The educator told the media that her two primary focus areas will be teamwork and rural health. “Rural health is one of the major concerns before us. To address it, we would motivate and encourage postgraduate medical students to work in rural areas,” said Kanitkar.
She obtained her MBBS degree from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune where she graduated at the top of her class and later went on to serve as dean for two years. In 1982, Kanitkar was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps where she started her illustrious military career. She later went on to do an MD and DNB specializing in pediatrics.
Kanitkar has also completed fellowships at the National University Hospital, Singapore, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) fellowship in Medical Education. Her other achievements include setting up the first Pediatric Nephrology service in the Army Medical Corps and serving as the President of The Indian Society of Pediatric Nephrology.
A highly respected scholar and officer, she has been awarded the GOC-in-C Commendation Card and the Chief of the Army Staff Commendation Card five times. She is also the recipient of the Vishisht Seva Medal in 2014 and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal in 2018. At present, Kanitkar also serves on the Prime Minister's Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council.
(Edited by Sanhati Banerjee)