FORMER CHIEF Justice of India (CJI) J S Verma will head the search committee to select the vice-chancellor of the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), Indore.
First time in the history of MP universities a former CJI will head such a committee. Justice Verma, who has also been the Chief Justice of MP High Court and National Human Rights Commission chairman, has accepted the request of the Chancellor and Governor Balram Jakhar to head the three-member committee, Raj Bhavan sources told Hindustan Times.
The new panel has come up as the Chancellor rejected the panel of names for probable vice-chancellors suggested by the earlier committee. The move was unprecedented ever since the MP Universities Act 1973 came into force.
The fresh search committee will have Supreme Court advocate Vivek Tankha as the nominee of the DAVV executive council, and University Grants Commission vice-chairman Dr Moolchand Sharma as the UGC nominee.
Jakhar rejected all the five names suggested by the earlier committee headed by Justice Gurbaksh Singh Majithia of Chandigarh. They included Prof S P Gautam of Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, Prof P M Mishra of DAVV, Prof Chandwani, Ashok Kumath and Prof Pradeep Shrivastava of Barkatullah University, Bhopal.
The other members of the committee were Abhay Chhajlani of Indore – nominee of Executive Committee of the DAVV and former vice-chancellor of the Dr Hari Singh Gour University (Sagar), Prof Dhananjay Verma as the UGC nominee.
The post of the DAVV vice-chancellor is lying vacant for more than four months since Dr C S Chaddha resigned following a bitter confrontation with the then registrar of the university Parikshit Singh in August this year. The controversy saw the exit of both. Prof Rajkamal is presently holding the charge of the vice-chancellor.