Presidency University has invited applications for the post of vice-chancellor from “academicians of repute” within four weeks from Thursday, specifying that the appointment would be for four years or until superannuation (65 years), whichever is earlier.
The advertisement released to four English-language dailies states that the applicant would need to be a “distinguished academic with proven competence and integrity and having a minimum of ten years of experience in a university system”.
The four-week deadline means that the search panel will have a pool to pick their vice-chancellor from by March 20.
The search panel, comprising UGC chairman Ved Prakash, Harvard professor and Presidency mentor group chairman Sugata Bose and Delhi University professor Nayanjot Lahiri, will hold its first meeting on March 18. Their shortlist will be pruned to three based on personal interviews and forwarded to the chancellor.
On the sidelines of a programme at Rabindra Bharati University on Wednesday evening, governor M.K. Narayanan said: “The search (for Presidency vice-chancellor) is on and I am in constant touch with Ved Prakash (the chancellor’s nominee and the head of the search panel).”
Asked if there was enough time to pick the new vice-chancellor before incumbent Malabika Sarkar’s three-month extension ends on May 15, the governor said: “Yes. Three months should be enough.”
Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, adviser to the chair of the Presidency mentor group, had said on Tuesday that he had “advised” a longer extension of term for Sarkar. “I am confirming that I had advised (Presidency) mentor group chairman Sugata Bose that her term be extended for eight months. I heard that the governor hasn’t done that,” Sen said.
When Narayanan was asked on Wednesday about Sen’s comment, he said: “He has not suggested anything to me.”
Competence and integrity
At least 10 years’ experience in a university, including five years as professor
10 years’ experience in a reputable research or academic administrative organisation, at least five years in a position equivalent to that of professor