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CM meets governor on V-C vacancies

Ranchi, May 7: Governor Syed Ahmed convened a high-level meeting today to discuss shortlisted names of likely vice chancellors and a pro-vice chancellor who are to be appointed in four state universities.

Highly placed sources said the closed-door meeting, attended by chief minister Hemant Soren and senior government officials, lasted for about one and a half hours to discuss an issue that Raj Bhavan has been ignoring since last year.

Four of five state universities, namely, Kolhan University (KU), Chaibasa; Vinoba Bhave University (VBU), Hazaribagh; Sido-Kanhu-Murmu University (SKMU), Dumka; and Neelambar-Pitambar University (NPU), Daltonganj; have been without vice chancellors for over a year.

Only Ranchi University has a regular vice chancellor, L.N. Bhagat, who was appointed in February 2012.

While the post of V-C at Kolhan University has been vacant since November, VBU has been without a head since August last year. VBU has been without a pro vice chancellor too.

According to sources, the chief minister is understood to have told the governor that the state government wasnít consulted on the search committee that was set up last year by Raj Bhavan to shortlist names.

The committee, comprising Jharkhand High Court judge D.N. Patel, then chief secretary R.S. Sharma, former RU V-C A.A. Khan and governorís principal secretary R.S. Poddar, shortlisted 66 names after interviewing over 200 applicants.

Now, Raj Bhavan is set to convene another meeting to decide on the next course of action.

Among the others who were present at todayís meeting were acting chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty, governorís principal secretary R.S. Poddar, human resource development department principal secretary K. Vidyasagar and chief ministerís principal secretary Sukhdev Singh.