In a first, the Congress government has sought applications for the post of Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) vice-chancellor instead of making a direct appointment. The government has constituted a five-member search panel to shortlist aspirants for the GNDU, Amritsar, and Punjabi University, Patiala.
The move was necessitated after Prof AS Brar resigned after the formation of the Congress government in the state.
Earlier, the appointments were made solely on the basis of political backing. The UGC guidelines state that a person should have at least 10 years of teaching experience and should fall in the age bracket of 65-75 years to be suitable for the V-C’s post.
Hailing the move, Guru Nanak Dev university Teachers’ Association (GNDUTA) executive member and former president Lakhwinder Singh said: “It’s a good initiative. Only deserving candidate with experience in academic field will make it to the top post.” He hoped that the search panel would follow the well-defined criteria in the selection process.
The search panel is headed by industrialist Chander Mohan with BS Dhillon, V-C, PAU, RS Khandpur, former director general of Pushpa Gujral Science City, chief secretary and secretary, higher education, as the ex-officio members.