Published On: Wed, Jul 27th, 2011

VCs to be appointed by governor: UGC

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The University Grants Commission has announced that the vice-chancellors of universities will now be appointed by the governor. A notification dated June 30, 2011 issued from the commission states that the final authority to appoint V-Cs will rest with the governor of each state.

It also directs the state governments to make public their rules and regulations and criteria for the appointment of teachers, principals and V-Cs of universities in their state.

The states will be required to make these declarations within the time frame of six months, failing which they will be liable for action by the UGC. The move comes in order to ensure only well deserving candidates with rich academic background should be appointed for the crucial post.

At present, appointment of Vice Chancellors in Central Universities is done by Visitor (President of India) or Chancellor out of the panel of names recommended by the Search Committee. While in case of State Universities, different states follow different procedure where, in some cases, it is the Senate which decides shortlists and sends the name to the Governor (Constitutional Head of a State) or it is the Search Committee which carries out the process instead of Senate.

Speaking on the development, Former education minister and syndicate member of the Gujarat University Narhari Amin said that this is a good decision and it should put an end to the rampant political appointments to top positions by the state government which is known to place BJP office bearers as V-Cs.

Talking about the appointments in Gujarat, Amin said that the state government should pull back the recent political appointments, like the appointment of Dr Mukul Shah as the pro V-C of Gujarat University. This appointment had come under scanner from the opposition as Dr Shah is an ex-mayor and is not a full time teacher with any university. The opposition Congress had also taken exception at the appointments of the V-Cs of Veer Narmad South Gujarat University andSaurashtra University, dubbing them as political appointments as both the V-Cs are close to either BJP or RSS.

“In view of the UGC notification, the state government should cancel all these three appointments”, said Amin.

[Source: Times of India]