THE PANEL of names suggested by the search committee for appointment as the next Vice Chancellor in the four-star Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) has not found favour with Chancellor of universities and Governor Balram Jakhar. Using the powers invested in him under Section 13 (2) of the State Universities Act 1973, the Chancellor has given directives for setting up a new search committee.
As news of dissolving the three-member committee chaired by Justice G S Majithia and having UGC representative and former V-C Dhanjay Verma and journalist Abhay Chhajlani as members filtered down from the Raj Bhawan on Thursday the scene at the university became quite dramatic. While hopes of many who could not send their bio-data earlier in the race for the coveted post rose, those of many others were scuttled. The news has sent many a heartbeat racing with the tempo having been set for more action.
The chief contenders from the City included current DCDC and IMS director Dr P N Mishra and IET director Dr Manohar Chandwani. The two had been trying their level best to get selected and it was heard that Mishra had got cosy with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and paid visits to important people in Bhopal, even attending the birthday celebration of Minister for Higher Education Tukoji Rao Puar in Dewas. Not to be left behind, Chandwani is learnt to have got his name forwarded by State Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani.
Apprehensive of the progress made by them in the race, their opponents had also begun lobbying against them, missing out on no opportunity for mudslinging. Resultantly several allegations were levelled on the two and questions were raised on the ability of Mishra holding many posts at a time, his style of functioning, being sent to foreign lands on study tours by the university and numerous financial irregularities.
Chandwani fared no better and recently an inquiry was initiated against him, supposedly on the complaints made by MLA Usha Thakur. The list of allegations against both had been sent to Bhopal.
The other names on the list included Professor S P Gautam from Jabalpur and Professor Pradeep Shrivastav from Barkatullah University. The names on a standby list included a mathematician from Guna and journalist Ashok Kumut from Indore. The other names were also found inappropriate as the nature of allegations on them varied from tampering with examination records, imminent suspension to providing wrong facts in their bio data.
The Governor had made his intention clear twice during his recent visits to the City. On one occasion he had said that a man of capability assimilating both academic and administrative qualities who can work for the welfare of the students would be selected. On another occasion he publicly sneered at those trying to influence him and raised sincere doubts over their candidacy.
However, on both occasions he had given signals like ‘lage raho’ to acting V-C Dr Rajkamal. For now, the appointment of a new V-C is embroiled in controversy and has been delayed.
Educationists and varsity-watchers have chosen to remain mum on the issue, saying that the Chancellor was well within his powers in wanting to appoint a new search committee.