Prof. Dr. Jancy James, former Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University and the Founder Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala, is the Director of Cardinal Cleemis School of Management Studies .
Dr. Jancy is the first woman Vice Chancellor of Kerala state. She started her career as Lecturer in BCM College, Kottayam in 1976 , and was appointed, within a month, as Lecturer in the Department of English in St. Teresa’s College, Ernakulam(Kochi), her alma mater. Her university career commenced as Lecturer in Calicut University in 1979. Later, she joined the Faculty of Institute of English, University of Kerala, Trivandrum in 1981. In 1992 Dr. Jancy James was appointed as the Founder Director of the Centre for Comparative Literature in the University, which position she held till her elevation to the post of Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University in 2004.Dr Jancy’s valuable contributions as the Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottyam fetched her Vice Chancellorship a second time. In March 2009 she was appointed as the Founder Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Kerala, the only university under the Govtof India in the state of Kerala. During her tenure of 5 years she built up the University into an institution of national repute with 15 departments and 25 academic programmes, including Ph.D, in basic and applied Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences.
A former member of the Kendra SahityaAkademy and President of the Comparative Literature Association of India (3 consecutive terms), Dr. Jancy was a post-doctoral Commonwealth Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK(1997-98) and Indo- Canadian Shastri Foundation Faculty Research Fellow of the Canadian Government at the University of Toronto(1992). She was guest speaker at Cambridge University, Oxford University, University of Reading (UK) and York University (Canada).
Dr. Jancy James has 8 books and more than 50 research papers to her credit in both English and Malayalam. She was also the Associate Editor of the path breaking 2 volume work in women’s literature, Women Writing in India – 600 BC to the Present, published by City University, New York in 1992-93.As a columnist on English Vocabulary in MalayalaManorama and reviewer of current books in Malayalam on Asianet TV for 4 years, she is well known as much in literary circles as to the general public.
A successful institution builder, distinguished academician and renowned public speaker, Dr. Jancy has produced 16 Ph.Ds. and has supervised more than 35 M.Phil. dissertations.
Dr. Jancy is the recipient of several awards including BOLT Award for Excellence in Education (2003) instituted by MalayalaManorama and AirIndia, Woman of Eminence Award in the field of Education (2005) by LIC of India, Socrates International Award for professional excellence (2007) instituted by Europe Business Assembly, U. K., GrameenaPuraskarin recognition of outstanding services to the society (2010), Kerala SabhaTharam Award -2010 instituted by Better Life Movement(BLM), Irinjalakuda Diocese of Roman Catholic Church, Kerala and Dr. K.P. Nair award for Life Time achievement in the field of Education (2013).M. V Pylee Award for the Best Academician instituted by Cochin University of Science and Technology- 2015
Dr. Jancy James was a member of the team of Vice Chancellors, Senior Academics and Industry Leaders led by Shri. KapilSibal, the then Hon. Minister of HRD that participated in the Indo-US Higher Education Meet at Washington DC under the Obama-Singh initiative on Higher Education in 2011. She has had opportunities to interact with the leaders of many leading Universities including George Washington University, George Town University, Howard University, Yale University, University of California, City University of New York, University of Chicago, Madison University, Wisconsin etc. as selected participant of the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) under the 2 weeks Project of Vice Chancellors and IIM/IIT Directors on “furthering Indo-US Relations through Higher Education” organized by US Government (2007).
Dr.JancyJames has served as a member of the Governing Council of Associationof Indian Universities(AIU),the Board of Governors of IIM Kozhikode, the AICTE South Western Regional Committee, Bangalore and the Executive Council of the Central University of Gujarat and the Executive Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has also been a member of several expert committees of UGC.