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Bhaskar, who will be formally installed as the chancellor at the university's summer graduation ceremony in July, was elected unanimously at a special meeting of the university's Court on February 23.
Speaking about his honorary appointment, Bhaskar said, "I am passionate about the opportunity to contribute to change and development for individuals and society and I am extremely proud to be associated with a radical, transformational university such as Sussex."
University of Sussex Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing said, "Sanjeev Bhaskar was for me a perfect candidate for Chancellor. Not only is he a gifted and inspiring writer and entertainer, he has also demonstrated a real commitment to education across continents.
"He will be an important presence on campus for our students and will support me as we progress our ambition to further internationalise the university. Above all, he will be a delightful colleague."
Bhaskar, who wrote and starred in the multi award-winning 'The Kumars at No 42' with his actor wife, Meera Syal, was a prominent member of the team in the ground-breaking TV comedy, 'Goodness Gracious Me'.