Former HPU VC Anil Wilson dies



Shimla: Former Vice-chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University Dr Anil Wilson passed away in Delhi today at his home. He was 61 and was suffering from cancer of pancreas.

After his studies at Himachal Pradesh University, he had returned to serve the institution as its vice-chancellor in the year 2007 and had put in his papers in March 2008 quoting personal reasons. Before that he also was principal of the prestigious St Stephen’s College in Delhi.

Governor Prabha Rau and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal expressed grief over his demise. Dhumal said Wilson was an educationist par excellence and his contribution to renowned educational institutions of the country would be remembered.

His brief term of thirteen-and-half months as VC at HPU was marked by forward-looking steps like introduction of internal assessment at the post-graduate level that encouraged better attendance in classes and introduction of marks system for recruitment of teachers to the university.
Wilson is survived by his wife son and daughter.

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  1. A thorough gentleman with feet firmly on the ground, without airs of intellect or high office-that is how we will remember you, Mr. Wilson!

    These famous lines by Shakespeare automatically come to mind-

    His life was gentle; and the elements

    So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up,

    And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!

  2. I salute this person for his high caliber, intellect and positive approach. I am not appreciating him because he is no more now, but for his dynamic stint as VC of HPU. He did his part to correct the system by introducing some radical reforms.

    Unlike his predecessor and successor he was there due to his intellect and not by politics. Though I did not know him personally but this person will be remembered for his intellect and action.

  3. He taught me Eng…that was way back in 80's in GC fr Boys in Sanjauli then…He taught me about life as VC when he gave his go-ahead fr a film fest in mid 2007 which had lots of hiccups before it did happen.RIP Dr.A.Wilson…

  4. He was a good soul, good leader, approachable yet fair. I knew him when he was the principal at St. Stephen's. He was the only one who stood up for me and believed me and listened to me when I went to him about what happened to me. After I left he followed through & ensured that the corrupt did not win without causing a ripple in the system. He knew how to win the battle without causing casulties. A true hero who understood social balance.. i am not saying this because he is gone either… but because i live with someone who fights for justice too but perhaps could learn…

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