The governing body of La Martiniere Girls’ College (LMGC) will meet on February 14 to name the new principal of the institution. The post has been lying vacant since February 12 last year, when the then principal Farida Abraham passed away.
The vacancy was advertised twice and 40 applications were received. Most applicants are either principals or vice principals of educational institutions across the country.
This month, a panel of three principals of top boarding schools of UP and Uttarakhand got together and shortlisted a few candidates for the post who were then interviewed. The name of the selected candidate has been enclosed in an envelope that will be opened on February 14.
HT contacted some members of the governing body who said they were of the view that vice principal LMGC, Aashrita Dass had a slight edge on others due to her understanding of the ethos of the college. “However, that alone will not be the criteria for selecting the new lady principal,” said a member,adding, “We received applications from many principals of institutions of repute.”
The post for LMGC’s principal was advertised twice in national dailies to attract a higher number of applicants. The second time the vacancy was advertised, certain changes were made in the application criteria. For example, the qualifying age was brought down from 45 to 40 years. Also, according to the first advertisement, only Anglo-Indians were eligible to apply for the position but later, the post was opened to all Christians.
The governing body of the college comprises chairman Justice Amreshwar Pratap Sahi, senior judge - Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court , member Justice Alok Kumar Singh, and MLA Peter Fanthome, a member of the Anglo Indian community. Then there are ex-officio members - Carlyle McFarland, principal of La Martiniere College, Bhuvnesh Kumar, commissioner (Lucknow division), Gauri Shankar Priyadarshi, district magistrate of Lucknow and General Officer Commanding-In-Chief. The quorum will comprise three members (ie if three or more members turn up for the meeting, the decision will be taken).