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V-Cs for JNU, BHU: Year into search, govt issues new advts, calls for applications

A yr after launching the method to choose the following vice-chancellors of Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU) and Banaras Hindu College (BHU), the Ministry of Training has issued recent ads to just accept extra functions for the posts, citing the necessity to have a “wider alternative for choice”.

Functions for the publish of JNU V-C, underneath the re-advertisement that was issued on Saturday, will likely be accepted until October 11. Contemporary functions for the publish of BHU V-C had been accepted between September 15 and September 24.

Incumbent JNU V-C M Jagadesh Kumar’s tenure ended on January 26, following which he was allowed to proceed in his publish by the Ministry until his successor was picked. Kumar can also be among the many frontrunners for the following IIT Delhi Director.


Vacant positions on the prime

The federal government has been gradual in appointing the heads of a number of universities and IITs. The posts of chairpersons of many IITs, together with IIT Roorkee, which had a full-time chairperson three years in the past, proceed to be vacant. On September 22, Delhi College received a full-time VC in Professor Yogesh Singh, practically a yr after the suspension of Yogesh Tyagi from the publish by President Ram Nath Kovind on grounds of “dereliction of responsibility”.

In BHU, Professor Vijay Kumar Shukla is the performing VC after former V-C Rakesh Bhatnagar’s time period ended on March 28 this yr.

“The Commercial for appointment of VC, JNU was initially printed on 24.10.2020 within the main newspapers. Nevertheless, with a purpose to have a wider alternative for choice, the functions within the prescribed proforma are invited from eligible individuals…The eligible candidates want to use by 11th October 2021 until 05.30 P.M,” stated the brand new commercial issued by the Division of Increased Training of the Ministry.

Within the earlier spherical, when a month-long window was supplied, round 200 functions had been obtained.

The JNU Academics’ Affiliation (JNUTA) hit out the ministry over the re-advertisement, saying it “speaks quantity of not simply its (Centre) inefficiency however its energetic connivance in systematically destroying the college”.

“JNUTA has persistently maintained that Prof. Kumar’s tenure as Vice Chancellor has been regressive and marked by a number of risky moments. The re-advertisement affords a pretext for the continuation of Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar for an indefinite interval, permitting him the chance to additional erode the college’s autonomy,” the affiliation, which has been locked in dispute with Kumar all through his tenure, stated in its assertion.

Sources within the Ministry stated functions obtained within the earlier spherical stand legitimate within the case of JNU in addition to BHU and will likely be taken into consideration in the course of the choice course of.

The three-member JNU search-cum-selection-committee has Nationwide Board of Accreditation chairperson Professor Ok Ok Aggarwal and Professor Ashok Gajanan Modak, who was appointed as a Nationwide Analysis Professor by the Centre in 2015, amongst its members.

The choice course of had beforehand hit a hurdle when the Training Ministry was knowledgeable about alleged impropriety within the conduct of one of many candidates for the publish. It’s learnt that among the many two incumbent Rectors at JNU who utilized for the job, one was current within the assembly by which the college’s Government Council (EC) chosen its nominee to the search-cum-selection committee. Based mostly on a reference from the Training Ministry, the Legislation Ministry had examined the matter and dominated out any battle of curiosity.

Within the case of BHU, whereas the primary commercial, issued on December 9 final yr, stated that the applicant should not be greater than 67 years of age as on the time limit of receipt of functions of that commercial, the recent commercial stated the candidate ought to “ideally” not be greater than 67 years of age. It’s also confirmed that former finance secretary Hasmukh Adhia is heading the search-cum-selection committee.

The appointments of VCs of many universities, together with that of administrators and chairpersons of a number of IITs, have been pending for lengthy.

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