Chancellor picks VCs for new varsities

Former Patna University pro-vice-chancellor Ranjit Kumar Verma has been appointed the founding vice-chancellor of Munger University.

By Roshan Kumar in Patna
  • Published 20.03.18
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Ranjit Kumar Verma, the new Munger University VC.

Patna: Former Patna University pro-vice-chancellor Ranjit Kumar Verma has been appointed the founding vice-chancellor of Munger University.

Verma, chemistry teacher at Magadh University, had served at Patna University from February 2014 to January last year.

Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday appointed the vice-chancellors and pro-vice-chancellors for Munger University, Patliputra University and Purnea University. Malik, as chancellor of the state universities, appointed the officials under provisions of the Bihar State Universities Act 1976. The universities are going to start from the next academic session - July/August 2018.

Munger University vice-chancellor Verma has vast experience and is on the editorial board of the world's top scientific journal, Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry (Springer). He said: "My priority will be to set up the university providing best studies to students."

Magadh University philosophy teacher Kusum Kumari will be the Munger University pro-VC. Gulab Chand Jaiswal, proctor, faculty of commerce, at Banaras Hindu University, and NIT-Patna electrical faculty Girish Kumar Choudhary have been appointed Patliputra University VC and pro-VC respectively.

Rajesh Singh from the Institute of Agricultural Sciences, BHU Varanasi, has been appointed the Purnea University vice-chancellor and Magadh University English teacher Prabhat Kumar Singh the pro-VC.

Appointments in all the three universities was being carried out by the search committee.

The Bihar education department had on October last year issued a notice inviting applications from candidates for VCs and Pro-VCs of the three universities. The new institutions will be carved out of old universities.

The Patliputra University would be carved out of Magadh University, the Purnea University from BN Mandal University, Madhepura, and the Munger University from colleges of Tilka Manjhi University Bhagalpur.

Bifurcation of the three universities was announced in 2016 but the process was delayed. Sources said formation of the universities would gain momentum now that the VC and pro-VCs have been appointed.

Carving out teachers, staff and students from the old universities to the new varsities would be done according to a report submitted by the administrative establishment committee set up the state government.