Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s March 23 visit to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia National Law University had raised expectations that a regular vice-chancellor would be appointed to the university soon. During their 90-minute stay on the campus the SP top brass however did not touch upon the issue.
It may be noted that the university is functioning without a vice-chancellor after former vice-chancellor Balraj Chauhan’s departure following the completion of his tenure in early January. Consequently, the post of vice-chancellor is lying vacant for the past three months.
Surprisingly, when the selection committee, formed at behest of the Chief Justice of India, has already recommended the name of the new VC, the state government seems reluctant to pursuing the same for unknown reasons. This indirectly is casting a shadow on the university’s dayto-day functioning.
“During their poll campaign, the Samajwadi Party had projected RML University as one of their key achievements in the higher education sector. But, now the party seems to have lost interest all of sudden. This is going to affect the 900 students studying here and will damage the university’s image in a big way,” said a teacher, on conditions of anonymity.
Notably, the university does not have a provision for a provice-chancellor for handling the academic issues in the absence of a regular VC.