Manu Sharma is set to make a big impression on the industry with the role of the new head of house cleaning at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).
The 42-year-old, who has been at TIFR since 2011, has been appointed as the head of home care after his tenure as the director of the institute’s Department of Chemistry was ended due to retirement.
Sharma will take over the post from Prakash Sharma, who retired in August.
In the past, Sharma has served as the chairperson of the Department of Molecular Biology at Tata Institute, and has also held several senior posts in various departments, including head of the Centre for Molecular Biology and Evolution (CMBIE), where he also holds the rank of professor.
His appointment was made after the Centre on March 30 issued an order appointing TIFS head for its department of molecular biology and evolution, which includes molecular biology research.
It also awarded him the prestigious Padma Bhushan award for his contribution to science and technology.
Sharma is known for his ability to take a fresh approach to housekeeping.
He had led TIFRs labs in the past and his tenure there ended due for lack of funds.
He was also among the directors of the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), the countrys largest public health research institute, but his appointment to TIFr came amid a series of controversies.
He has also been accused of plagiarising two papers from his Ph.
D thesis, the one published in 2007 and the other published in 2008, for his M.
The latter, he had submitted for publication.
In December, Sharma was removed from his post at Tifr for allegedly plagiarising another paper, a letter he had written in 2014.
He is also facing criticism for not giving a proper response to a question asked by a journalist on a recent episode of the popular science programme QI.
Shaharma has said that he would take up the post as soon as he gets the chance.
“I have been working for TIFRS for a long time.
The institute is the best in the country and has made my life better.
I will work as hard as I can, but if I get the chance, I will take it up as soon I get it,” he said in an interview.