The state cabinet on Monday decided to promulgate an ordinance to constitute five-member search committees for the selection of full-term vice-chancellors, said an education department official.
The search committee will have a nominee from the UGC along with a representative from the education department and the state higher education council. The other two members will be a representative from the concerned university and the governor, who is the ex officio chancellor of the state universities.
Since the Assembly is not in session, the government has decided to promulgate an ordinance, said sources in the education department.
As many as 24 VCs of state universities, whose reappointment had been questioned, submitted their resignation to Governor C.V. Ananda Bose in late February and early March. The governor approved a three-month extension. The government wants to constitute the committee to start the hunt for the full-term VCs before the expiry of their extended tenure.
The vice-chancellor of a state university said the government has included the education department’s nominee and the higher education council’s nominee in an attempt to maintain its say in the selection process.
“Induction of these nominees requires consent from the chancellor. An ordinance can be notified only after the chancellor gives ascent to the draft,” the VC said.
The cabinet also decided that colleges and universities will have a centralised online undergraduate admission process this year.