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150 applications received for Pantnagar university VC post

More than 150 applications have been received for the post of vice chancellor (VC) of Pantnagar’s Gobind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, a senior official of the university said

dehradun Updated: Jul 13, 2018 22:21 IST
Mohan Rajput
Mohan Rajput
Hindustan Times, Rudrapur
Uttarakhand News
The search committee of the university will examine the applications and shortlist the applicants on July 24, the official said(HT File)

More than 150 applications have been received for the post of vice chancellor (VC) of Pantnagar’s Gobind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, a senior official of the university said.

The search committee of the university will examine the applications and shortlist the applicants on July 24, the official said.

The university is looking for a full-fledged VC for the past two years. After full-fledged VC BS Bisht retired in 2012, former Uttarakhand chief sectary Subhash Kumar was appointed as the acting VC and held the post till May 2013. Another ex-chief secretary of the state, Alok Jain followed Kumar and looked after the university affairs till April 2014.

After that, an agriculture scientist, Mathew Prasad, was appointed as the acting VC, but he worked for a brief period from April 2014 to October 2014. HS Dhami then followed Prasad and remained the acting VC till March 2015.

After the two years of temporary arrangements, renowned agriculture scientist Mangla Rai was appointed as full-fledged VC of the university on March 2015, but he resigned in August 2016.

After Rai’s resignation, J Kumar was given charge as the acting VC in September and worked on the post till September 2016. Since September 25, 2017, AK Mishra has been looking after the university affairs as an acting VC.

According to sources, the government, through an advertisement, had invited applications for the VC’s post by March 12 this year. Later, in the want of more competent candidates, another advertisement was issued in June seeking applications for the post by July 2.

The official said that the search committee has received “sufficient” applications and would shortlist three top applicants on merit on the basis of their educational and administrative experience on July 24 and send for the governor’s approval for one name.

Commenting on the issue, Rajesh Shukla, the Kichha MLA and a member of the university management board, said, “Government must appoint a full-fledged VC as soon as possible. Without full-fledged VC, this prestigious varsity is losing its sheen. Acting VC can’t take long-term decision in the interest of the varsity because a person is appointed for only six month and can be given extension only for one more term of six months.”

“A lot has been affected on education, research and extension programme of the varsity due to lack of full-fledged VC in previous years. If the government is intending for the appointment of bureaucrat, he must be of agricultural, veterinary or engineering background,” he added.

First Published: Jul 13, 2018 22:21 IST