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Hunt to begin for full-term JU VC

Calcutta, Dec. 28: Higher education minister Bratya Basu today said a full-term vice-chancellor would replace Jadavpur University’s interim VC Abhijit Chakrabarti after he completes his six-month tenure.

“The process of setting up a search committee for appointing a full-term vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University will start soon,” Basu said on the sidelines of a programme at Nehru Children’s Museum.

Chakrabarti’s six-month tenure ends in April. He was appointed interim VC in October after IIT professor Souvik Bhattacharyya resigned.

The government’s decision to start the process of setting up the search panel for appointing a full-term VC for the university implies that it does not want to extend the tenure of the interim VC.

However, that doesn’t mean Chakrabarti cannot apply for the full-term job. He had done so once earlier, but his name did not figure on the shortlist of three from which JU’s last full-term VC was chosen.

A source in the university said today: “There was a buzz on the campus that the government would extend Chakrabarti’s tenure. But now that the government has shown its keenness to set up the search panel for appointing a permanent VC, there is no such possibility.”

Basu said he had requested governor M.K. Narayanan, the chancellor of the university, to send the name of his search panel nominee.

The Jadavpur University Act says the search committee will have a representative each of the chancellor, the state government and the Jadavpur University executive council.

The government has also asked the university’s executive council to name its nominee.