The Vice- Chancellors of the State universities may be in the firing line of the Human Resource Development Department, but that does not seem to have bothered 350 aspirants to the top academic post. The Chancellor’s office virtually faces a deluge of applicants.
Against just four vacancies of VCs, the government and the Raj Bhawan have together received around 350 applications. The HRD alone has received more than 200 bio-data of candidates. The first level of screening is to boil them down to just 25 to 30 names, which will be submitted to the Raj Bhawan for final selection from them.
The Chancellor’s office has also received around 125 applications separately which will be screened at its own level. HRD sources, not willing to be identified, told HT that at least 25 former VCs, PVCs and registrars are among the VC-aspirants. Several deans and principals are also in the race. Besides, there are applicants from outside, viz. Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and other parts of the country. To complicate matters, many of the applications received are common to all lists - which means, they will have to be amalgamated and select the top four who fits all parameters. With Chancellor Devanand Konwar back in Patna on Wednesday, all eyes are now on him.
According to sources, the maximum number of aspirants is from Patna University and Magadh University. Last time, nobody from PU was able to make it to the top post in any of the nine universities, despite the fact, that a maximum number of aspirants called for the one-to-one interview by former Chancellor RS Gavai were from there.
The universities without full-fledged VC’s as on date are Magadh University, LN Mithila University, Darbhanga, Veer Kunwar Singh University, Ara and Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur. Besides, BN Mandal University, Madhepura, JP University, Chapra and KSD Sanskrit University, Darbhanga are without Pro Vice chancellors HRD sources said that the screening of names was being done on certain parameters, viz. age, track record, charges of corruption and academic achievements. “Those above 70 years may not figure in the HRD list,” they said, adding the list would be given final shape at the highest levels.
So far, the Raj Bhawan has not asked for the panel of names. Whether it wants to give a prolonged tenure to the four PVC’s who are now acting VC’s is not known.
“Whenever the Chancellor wants, he will set up a screening committee to make the final choice,” the sources said.