The Telegraph
Tuesday , May 13 , 2014
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New VC files go-getter image

The newly appointed vice chancellor of Kolhan University means business.

R.P.P. Singh, the former director of Academic Staff College at Ranchi University who donned his new mantle on May 9, is learnt to have worked overtime to clear a few hundred files, pending for over a year, in 48 hours.

The third vice chancellor of the four-year-old varsity after Father Beni Ekka and Salil Roy, Singh has also directed all heads of departments to put on their thinking caps and suggest ways to develop the institution.

“I believe in quick execution. So, after assuming charge, my priority was to clear pending files on salaries and pensions. These were unnecessarily piling up on the vice chancellor’s desk. I have also sought collective involvement from my team to steer the varsity on the path of progress,” Singh said.

Day One at the VC’s office had seen a marathon meeting with members of staff. Day Two saw the man of the moment himself perusing and signing file after file.

Boasting an economics background, Singh firmly believes in branding but insists that the same should be preceded by good academic qualities. “My priority is infrastructure boost and teacher recruitment. For a developing university, we have to have good facilities. Quality of teaching too must be improved before we can brand the university. Thousands of students migrate to other cities for higher education and the reason is ‘quality’. Therefore, until and unless we work on the quality, we will have to suffer the brain drain,” the new vice chancellor said.

Singh said he would not like to stress on what the varsity does not have, but what minimum resources it does have. “Instead of sitting idle and doing anything, it is better that university officials first try to make do with whatever they have,” he added.

Urging both teaching and non-teaching members of Kolhan varsity to come forward with their vision of a better institution, Singh suggested a way of beating teacher crunch.

“I am mulling clubbing of postgraduate classes for students of various colleges. For example, if we have one teacher for a particular subject, he or she can host classes for students of more than one college at a common venue. This way one teacher won’t be pressured to visit different colleges and students will finish their syllabus,” Singh said, inviting more such ideas.

Ganga Prasad, the controller of examinations at Kolhan University, said Singh’s approach was commendable. “Our new vice chancellor is very experienced, especially in administrative work. In three days, we have known that he has a student and teacher oriented approach. He has already started planning to give maximum benefits to students. On the very first day, he insisted in doing away with all the pending files,” Prasad added.