Dr Jagannath Patnaik becomes Saint René Descartes University's first Vice Chancellor
Dr Jagannath Patnaik is a distinguished academic, author, and a renowned management expert and administrator who has established a number of medical, dental, engineering and management educational institutions in India and abroad from concept stage, to certificate of occupancy, all while combining the best practices in education from all over the world.
He is also associated with several multilateral organisations like the International Organization for Educational Development, and has worn several hats with educational organisations and universities, and often uses his extensive educational expertise with several well-regarded Indian and foreign institutions. Currently Dr Patnaik is serving as Vice Chancellor of Kalinga University.
Now the day before his 50th birthday — he becomes 50 years old on 27 July 2017 — Dr Patnaik has also become the Vice Chancellor of Saint René Descartes University, replacing the previous Fellow, Provost, and Board of Regents Member, Sch Dr Siddhartha Ghosh.
It should be noted that a provost is a senior academic administrator at many institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada. In many, but not all North American educational institutions, the provost is the second-ranking officer in the administrative hierarchy. In most Commonwealth and former Commonwealth countries, the chief executive of a university is usually the vice chancellor, and the chancellor may be either the executive or ceremonial head of a university or university campus. So Dr Jagannath Patnaik has actually become Saint René Descartes University's first Vice Chancellor and Board of Regents Member.
This change in job title comes with Dr Patnaik's more promising and active role, not necessarily with the Chancellor's more ceremonial role.
Dr Patnaik has stated that he aims to make the University self-sufficient by bringing new innovative solutions to courses, and enrolment and accreditation worldwide. Because Dr Patnaik also defines himself a better Christian than a Hindu, the Chancellor of StRDU also sees this as the opportunity to develop a new religious and spiritual order, which can bring peace and happiness throughout the world, but especially in India in the beginning.
The Chancellor of StRDU is now busy trying to promote Analytic Theology among other theologians from different North American universities, and has had a little apparent success recently with an Assistant Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University, someone who also happens to be Associate Editor of the Journal of Biblical and Theological Studies.
However, despite some interest by theologians, Analytic Theology, being essentially a non-Christian mathematical tradition, since the forerunner of Analytic Theology is not a saint celebrated in any Christian church at present, and his works were actually ordered to be destroyed by Dutch Calvinist magistrates, and were also placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum (List of Prohibited Books) by the Catholic Church, it is clear that Analytic Theology is more likely to be accepted, paradoxically, among Hindus than among most Christians, since they at least have a strong Vedic mathematical tradition, and are thus inherently more open-minded about these things than most Christians, whose sources of religious authority do not go beyond the usual sacred texts and tradition, and seem to have never even remotely included mathematics.
The Vedic Shulba Sutras (8th to 2nd century BC), meaning "codes of the rope", on the other hand, show that the earliest geometrical and mathematical investigations in India arose from certain requirements of their Vedic religious rituals (ancient Hinduism). Moreover, the beginnings of algebra can be traced to the constructional geometry of the Vedic priests, which are preserved in the Shulba Sutras.