North Bengal University
Siliguri, Oct. 18: A three-member search committee is likely to shortlist the names of three candidates for the post of vice-chancellor for North Bengal University at a meeting scheduled to be held in Calcutta on Monday.
According to NBU officials, the search committee has received around five to six applications from interested individuals since the first meeting, was held in August.
However, NBU sources said the committee members may also shortlist names of eligible candidates other than those who have applied.
“The meeting on Monday is our second one. The first meeting was held in August after which five to six applications have been submitted by interested candidates for the post. In the next meeting, the three members of the committee are likely to shortlist a panel of three names suitable for the post,” said a varsity official.
“It is not compulsory that the candidates have to be selected from among the applicants. The members can also shortlist candidates who have not applied for the post. The panel of shortlisted candidates will be sent to governor M.K. Narayanan who is also the varsity chancellor and he will select a candidate as a full-term VC from among them,” he added.
NBU has been functioning without a full-term VC since the term of Arunabha Basumajumdar ended on December 31, 2011.
The state government had extended Basumajumdar’s term for three months from January 2012 to March 2012.
Samir Kumar Das, the current interim VC of NBU, took charge on April 2012.
One of the three members of the search committee is Mool Chand Sharma, (governor’s nominee). He is a fulltime member of the law commission and former vice-chancellor of Central University, Haryana.
Sugata Marjit, former chairman of West Bengal State Council of Higher Education, is the court nominee and Sabyasachi Basu Roychaudhury, the vice-chancellor of the Rabindra Bharati University, is the state government’s nominee on the committee.