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Eyes on VC office for Patna College boss

Eyes are now fixed on the Patna University vice-chancellor’s office to fill the post of Patna College principal vacated by Rash Bihari Prasad Singh.

The governor’s office on January 30 announced Singh’s appointment as the vice-chancellor (VC) of Nalanda Open University. Sources said since his exit, many are in the fray for the top post at the state’s oldest college.

Among the names doing the rounds are N.K. Choudhary (senior economics teacher and dean, social science faculty), Sudipto Adhikari (senior geography teacher and former vice-chancellor and former pro-vice-chancellor of Patna University), Jayanti Sircar (economics teacher) and Ranvijay Singh (director of directorate of distance education, Patna University). The university is yet to take a decision.

Patna University registrar Balram Tiwari said: “The university will decide the name of the new principal of Patna College in a day or two.”

Sources said the university would take the final decision on the principal of the 152-year-old institution based on the seniority of teachers. By that criteria, Choudhary tops the list. The administration is also in favour of appointing Choudhary because of his long service.

Senior geography teacher Sudipto Adhikari is also popular candidate for the post, as he has a good administrative record. Jayanti Sircar has been principal in charge of Patna College, while Ranvijay Singh, the present director of distance education, has also occupied the post of Patna College principal at different times since 2007.

Whoever becomes the principal has an uphill task ahead because of different issues, including lack of discipline, clashes among groups of students and renovation of hostels, plaguing the college.

A senior teacher of the college said: “Clashes between groups of students on the college premises have been a regular occurrence in the past few months. Whenever the college administration tries to take any strict action against the students, they sit on a dharna.”