VC resignation accepted - Process of selecting new vice-chancellor begins

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By Staff Reporter in Guwahati
  • Published 22.05.08
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(From top)Governor Ajai Singh and Amarjyoti Choudhury

Guwahati, May 22: Raj Bhavan today brought the curtains down on the ongoing resignation impasse of Gauhati University vice-chancellor Amarjyoti Choudhury by accepting his resignation and setting in motion the process of selecting a new vice-chancellor.

The resignation was accepted after Governor Ajai Singh, who is the chancellor, held a meeting with the intellectuals and former vice-chancellors of various universities on the ongoing stalemate in the university in the wake of Choudhury’s resignation.

The governor’s secretary, S. Jaganathan, said the decision was taken after the meeting unanimously suggested that the resignation be accepted. Singh was said to have agreed and told the meeting that the process of looking for Choudhury’s replacement would begin soon. The governor had earlier appointed the head of chemistry department Okhil Kumar Medhi as acting vice-chancellor.

Raj Bhavan had been keeping its decision on accepting Choudhury’s resignation in abeyance. Choudhury had relinquished the vice-chancellor’s post on May 10.

Choudhury had cited three reasons, including non-release of the 10 per cent UGC arrears for the university teachers and officers for over a decade, the issue of contribution towards a corpus fund for pension schemes for the university employees since 1988 and approval of the state government for increasing the superannuation age from 62 years to 65 years as approved by the university executive council and in line with the decision of the University Grants Commission decision to enhance the retirement age of teachers of central university up to the age of 65.

Jaganathan said the process of appointment of a new vice-chancellor had begun with Raj Bhavan writing to Dispur for nomination of members for the three-member advisory committee to suggest names for the coveted post.

The meeting reportedly advised the governor to accept the resignation on two grounds. Since Choudhury had put in his papers once before, the meeting was of the view that he might not like to withdraw his resignation.

The outgoing vice-chancellor had also hinted earlier that he would not withdraw his resignation as it might dent his image.

Secondly, many in the meeting were also of the view that he was not as good an administrator as a scholar.