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The search committee for selecting vice-chancellors for the state’s universities reportedly did not shortlist any candidate associated with Patna University for interviews to the post.

The committee conducted the interviews on Friday. Sources said none of the teachers, principals or dean from Patna University was shortlisted for the process.

Raj Bhavan has constituted the search committee for selecting vice-chancellors (VCs) and pro-vice-chancellors (pro-VCs) for the state’s universities. Interviews to the post of pro-vice-chancellor of Patna University will be held on Saturday.

A senior teacher at the university, who was an applicant for the VC’s post, said: “Many senior teachers, including some principals, head of departments and even retired teachers, had applied for the posts of VC and pro-VC. But none of them was shortlisted by the search committee.”

Sources said out of 300 applications received by Raj Bhavan for the two posts at Patna University, the search committee has shortlisted around 12 applicants for the VC’s post.

Six of the applicants have been shortlisted for the post of pro-VC. Most the applicants called for the interview on Friday were from outside Bihar.

Some of the applicants whose names were doing the rounds for the VC’s post include former Patna University pro-VC J.P. Singh and director of Institute for Human Development Alakh Narayan Sharma.

The committee constituted by Governor D.Y. Patil comprises Jawaharlal Nehru University VC Sudhir Kumar Sopory (chairman), HS Gour Central University (Sagar) VC N.S. Gajbhiye and Chanakya National Law University VC A. Lakshminath.


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