New Delhi: Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president and chief executive of the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), a top policy think tank, has put in his papers.

Mehta will formally leave on 30 June and join as vice-chancellor of Ashoka University on 1 July.

Ranked among India’s finest scholars, Mehta is a political scientist who taught at Harvard University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and the New York University School of Law.

He joined CPR more than a decade back.

“Yes, I have (stepped down)," he said when asked whether he had stepped down from CPR. Mehta didn’t say why he had decided to move on from CPR.

CPR has been one of India’s top public policy think tanks since 1973.

“I have accepted the offer (of the post of vice chancellor) at Ashoka University," Mehta said.

Ashoka University is a liberal arts university in Sonepat, Haryana, established through collective philanthropy.

Vineet Gupta, pro-vice chancellor of Ashoka, said the university conducted an “international search" to fill the post and was “extremely happy to get Dr. Mehta" as the new vice chancellor.

“Going forward, under the combined leadership of chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee and vice chancellor Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Ashoka University aspires to provide its students the highest quality liberal arts education and achieve its goal of becoming India’s best university," the university said in a separate statement.

Mehta has served in several government committees, including the National Security Advisory Board and the National Knowledge Commission.

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