Presi panel invites nominees for VC

Presidency University has posted an advertisement on its website seeking nominations for the post of vice-chancellor. The move is prompted by a recent government notification asking search committees "to send the list of all eligible names and their academic achievements" to the chancellor's office.

By Subhankar Chowdhury
  • Published 11.04.18
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College Street: Presidency University has posted an advertisement on its website seeking nominations for the post of vice-chancellor. The move is prompted by a recent government notification asking search committees "to send the list of all eligible names and their academic achievements" to the chancellor's office.

The tenure of the current VC, Anuradha Lohia, expires on May 1.

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi is the chancellor of the university.

Presidency registrar Debajyoti Konar, in his capacity as secretary to the search committee, posted the advertisement on www.presiuniv.ac.in a day after the committee held its first meeting to start the process of VC appointment.

"Nominations/applications are invited for the post of VC....The nominations shall be made by persons of academic eminence in the prescribed format. Last date for submission of nomination/application is 30th April, 2018," reads the advertisement

It is the first such notice put up by a university registrar on behalf of it search committee since higher education secretary R.S. Shukla- also secretary to the chancellor - asked all search committees to produce a list of "all eligible candidates mentioning the summary of (educational) qualifications and eligibility of the persons to be recommended in the panel".

"Earlier the search committees were at liberty to decide whether to advertise or draw up a panel of three names and send them to the chancellor for selection... on several occasions the committees did not show the courtesy of sending the details to the chancellor, the supreme authority in selecting VCs. Over the past two years this omission was rampant, prompting a nudge from the governor," said the official.

Tripathi had said last month that as the chancellor of state universities in Bengal, he felt "like a toothless tiger" because of "limited powers".

"In Bengal, even the name of the chancellor's nominee to the search committee constituted to appoint a vice-chancellor is decided following consultation with the higher education minister," he had said.

The higher education secretary's notice was issued exactly a week later. The instructions said the committees are required to mention the "number of applicants for the post of VC and the number of applicants eligible for consideration".