Search panel for Presi VC

The state government will form a search committee to recommend three names for the post of vice-chancellor of Presidency University, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Wednesday.

By Subhankar Chowdhury
  • Published 8.03.18
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Salt Lake: The state government will form a search committee to recommend three names for the post of vice-chancellor of Presidency University, education minister Partha Chatterjee said on Wednesday.

VC Anuradha Lohia's tenure ends on May 1. She was appointed in 2014.

The tenure of a full-term VC is four years and those above 65 aren't eligible to become VCs. Lohia is now 62.

"We have decided to appoint the next vice-chancellor at Presidency. We will soon issue a notification," Chatterjee said.

The search committee will have three members, a nominee each of the university, the government and the governor, who is the university's chancellor.

The department is in the process of finalising the names of the chancellor's and government's nominees, a higher education department official said.

Presidency University has been asked to send the name of its nominee. "The university's governing board, its highest decision-making body, will soon meet to finalise the name," the official said.

VC Lohia is likely to be asked to continue after May 1 since the search will take some time, he said. "The search committee might even consider Lohia as the next full-term VC. Suranjan Das, who was the Calcutta University VC from 2008 to 2012, got another term in 2012."

In 2014, Lohia was appointed the first full-term VC of Presidency University after physicist Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, who had been named the VC, wrote to the governor that he couldn't accept the offer.

At that time, Bhattacharya was 62.

Sumantra Chattarji, the director of the Centre for Brain Development and Repair in Bangalore, was on the list of three recommended names. He, too, had declined.

The search panel formed in January 2014 for the first full-term VC had Sugata Bose as the government's nominee and Nayanjyot Lahiri as the university's nominee.

Bose is the chairman of the Presidency mentor group, which sought its dissolution in January.