Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI) has sacked Dr Bimal K Roy as the Director of Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).
He was removed from the office on charges of indiscipline one-and-a-half months before the end of his term.
Roy who is a renowned cryptologist was appointed Director of ISI in August 2010. In April 2015, he was conferred with India’s fourth highest civilian honour Padma Shri for his contribution in the discipline of literature and education.
Professor Sanghmitra Bandyopadhayay now will replace Dr Bimal K Roy as the Director of ISI. With this appointment she has become the first woman to lead the institute.
She is a computer scientist specialized in the field of computational biology. She had obtained a master’s degree in computer science from the IIT Kharagpur and pursued Ph. D. from ISI.
Her research is mainly based in the areas of pattern recognition, evolutionary computation, bioinformatics and machine learning. In 2010, she was awarded with Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar Award for her contributions to engineering sciences.