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UP State university V-Cs may get 5-year term, subject to performance

V-Cs have long been demanding tenure extension, saying existing three-year term is not enough for on-campus reforms.

lucknow Updated: Jul 31, 2017 14:41 IST
Rajeev Mullick
Rajeev Mullick
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UP State Universities Act,Governor Ram Naik,UP State university
The UP State Universities Act, 1973, is now more than 40 years old. Many of its provisions have become obsolete.

Now, vice-chancellor of state universities in Uttar Pradesh may get a performance-based tenure extension. While their existing term is three years, after the recommendations of a committee, formed by governor Ram Naik, V-Cs of state varsities may get a five-year tenure just like the vice chancellors of central universities.

Performance based extension
  • The committee has reviewed the UP State Universities Act, 1973, and is likely to meet on Monday before giving its preliminary recommendations to the Raj Bhawan. One of these will be making a provision for performance-based term extension for vice-chancellors of state universities.
  • The committee comprises the legal advisor to the governor, a vice-chancellor, a former vice-chancellor, academicians and other experts.
  • Another recommendation that the committee is likely to make is that universities should not be allowed to increase their fees arbitrarily.

The committee has reviewed the UP State Universities Act, 1973, and is likely to meet on Monday before giving its preliminary recommendations to the Raj Bhawan. One of these will be making a provision for performance-based term extension for vice-chancellors of state universities.

A committee member, requesting anonymity, said, “We are not recommending a straight five-year term for all vice-chancellors of state universities. But if a V-C has performed well in the first three years of his tenure, he may be given an extension of another two years. We are putting some checks and balances in place.”

The committee comprises the legal advisor to the governor, a vice-chancellor, a former vice-chancellor, academicians and other experts.

To recall, state varsity vice-chancellors have long been voicing their demand to increase their tenure to five years. Many feel that three years are not enough to bring about on-campus reforms.

Another recommendation that the committee is likely to make is that universities should not be allowed to increase their fees arbitrarily. Instead, varsities will have to put forth their revised fee structures before a larger committee for approval. To recall, recently, LU students had staged a massive protest over the issue of increase in hostel fee.

Other matters that will be discussed on Monday include service rules for teachers, the number of leaves to be taken by V-Cs, and streamlining of issues related to affiliation of degree colleges, said a committee member.

“The UP State Universities Act, 1973, is now more than 40 years old. Many of its provisions have become obsolete. We need to look into it to make the Act more contemporary -- matching the requirement of modern days,” said another member of the committee.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 14:31 IST