Governor and Chancellor Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday appointed KN Selvakumar as the new vice-chancellor of the Tamil Nadu University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (TANUVAS).

Mr. Selvakumar, the University’s longest-serving professor, will hold the post for three years. He has teaching experience of around 32 years and is currently Dean of Madras Veterinary College.

According to a statement from Raj Bhavan, Mr. Selvakumar was a member of the Technical Monitoring Committee of the Department of Livestock and has 84 journal publications and is the author of three books. He has executed three international research projects and 11 national level research projects worth ₹ 4.7 crore.

He has held various administrative positions at the University – as Director of Distance Education; Controller of examinations; Dean of the Veterinary College and Research Institute, Orathanadu and professor and head at TANUVAS.

He helped the University establish a research collaboration with the International Food Policy Research Institute and the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation.

The statement said he had played a key role in developing the Indian Livestock Technology Achievement Index and the milk price policy modeling technique for the state government.