SIX NAMES from Indore and five from outside figure on the panel list submitted by the three-member search committee appointed to select suitable candidate for the post of vice chancellor of the four-star Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya.
The list was delivered in a sealed envelope to the Chancellor of Universities and Governor Balram Jakhar at Raj Bhawan on Monday. It is learnt that former V-C C S Chaddha, planning a return, has also approached Raj Bhawan to stake his claim on Tuesday.
Hopefuls from Indore who have been trying their best to bag the coveted post include the present number two working currently as DCDC and Institute of Management Studies (IMS) director Dr P N Mishra and Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Director Dr Manohar Chandwani. Executive committee (EC) member Justice (retired) Shambhu Singh, who has judicial and administrative experience and knowledge about the working of the university owing to his stint as EC member, also figures on the list, while journalist Professor Ashok Kumut has appeared twice on this list.
Current acting V-C Dr Rajkamal, though having taken decisions of far-reaching import, could not garner enough support and hence his name does not figure in the list. The name of former Rector Dr Sudhakar Bharti, who was number two during the tenure of the former V-C Chaddha and was removed from his post by Raj Bhawan, is also missing.
The names of former V-C Dr Bharat Chhaparwal and that of Holkar Science College principal Dr Narendra Dhakad remain speculative.
The most talked about name from outside is that of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalya (RGPV), Guna, professor in mathematics Dr Hudda. Other names include that of former V-C Rani Durgawati University (Jabalpur) Professor S P Gautam, Professor Pradeep Shrivastava from Barkatullah University (Bhopal) and Mihir Shah who runs an NGO in Bagli.
The most striking entry into this high-powered affair is that of CS Chaddha. It is learnt that the former V-C was intimated of the selection process and asked his opinion on a rerun, but Chaddha, who was sullen over the manner in which he had to leave the post, had not given a reply then.
It is learnt that he would be approaching the Raj Bhawan after an apparent
change in plans to stage a comeback. Raj Bhawan is maintaining silence over the names on the panel list.
The members who drew up the list included chairman Punjab High Court Justice (retd) G S Majhitia, UGC representative and former V-C Dhanajay Verma and journalist Abhay Chhajlani, who has been nominated by the DAVV Executive Council. The members said that they had given a list of names to the Chancellor and it was up to him to choose the best candidate and they could take no names.