Professor Mohan Dutta has quit NUS after 6 years as Head of the Communications and New Media (CNM) Department, and will join Massey University in New Zealand as the Dean’s Chair Professor of Communication. Unless you are a CNM major, you probably wouldn’t really know him. Then again, you might – Prof Dutta was in the news for inviting Cherian George to give a lecture in NUS on March 9, although it was postponed due to administrative “oversight”. The timing of this leads one to wonder if Prof Dutta left because of that incident – commenting on the Cherian George episode, Prof Dutta mentioned that “academic freedom […] is a universal concept that forms the foundations of the modern university”.

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