Lt Gen (retd) Madhuri Kanitkar took charge as the Vice-Chancellor of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS).
Former Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff succeeded Dr. Deelip Mhaisekar, whose term ended in February this year.
Speaking to the media, Lt Gen Madhuri Kanitkar said that she is proud of being handed the responsibility.
"It is a mission that I have been working on to align medical education and research for patient care and bring in technology to keep student at the centre of activity," she said.
She added that as a soldier, she will be able to bring in values like discipline and putting the nation and organisation first.