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MP nudges Centre for Nehu VC

Shillong, Aug. 8: Shillong Lok Sabha MP Vincent H. Pala has urged the Centre to appoint a full-fledged vice-chancellor of the North Eastern Hill University (Nehu) after the varsity has been without one since the resignation of professor A.N. Rai.

The central university has two campuses in Meghalaya, one on the outskirts of the state capital and the other in Tura, West Garo Hills.

In 2006, Nehu was certified a university with “potential for excellence”.

Pala said the university was established for the states of Northeast India, specially Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.

“But for more than one year now, there is no vice-chancellor in this university. A search committee has been constituted for selecting a person to be the vice-chancellor, but the committee has not been able to select any individual for the office,” Pala said.

He, therefore, urged the Centre to appoint the vice-chancellor at the earliest in the interest of the students and the people of Northeast.

It may be mentioned that Rai had resigned as Nehu vice-chancellor in June last year, taking over as the new director of the Bangalore-based National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

NAAC is an organisation that assesses and accredits institutions of higher education in the country. In his place, senior-most professor of Nehu, P. Shukla, who is in the physics department, was appointed the officiating vice-chancellor. Rai took over as Nehu vice-chancellor in October 2010 after he had served in the Mizoram University under the same capacity.