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Neuro surgeon Arun Agarwal made vice chancellor of Bihar’s Aryabhatt varsity

The process for the appointment of VC and P-VC in three new state universities - Pataliputra University,Purnea University and the one coming up at Munger, is likely to commence soon. 

patna Updated: Sep 20, 2017 20:50 IST
Arun Kumar
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Aryabhat Knowledge University (AKU) has finally got a new Vice Chancellor. Noted neuro surgeon Dr Arun Kumar Agarwal, who worked as acting VC of AKU from March 31, 2015 to May 25, 2016, has been appointed the new full time VC.

The process for the appointment of VC and P-VC in three new state universities - Pataliputra University,Purnea University and the one coming up at Munger, is likely to commence soon. 

The appointment of AKU VC was done following consultations between governor-cum-chancellor Keshri Nath Tripathi and chief minister Nitish Kumar, on Wednesday evening. The chief minister spent around half-an-hour with the governor and he may have held discussions with Tripathi on the new universities, also. 

The position of AKU VC had fallen vacant last year after the then governor-cum-chancellor of universities Ram Nath Kovind, now President of India, returned the Aryabhatta Knowledge University (Amendment) Bill, 2016, which was aimed at increasing the retirement age of AKU VC from the existing 70 years to 75 years. 

The bill was passed during the winter session, barely a few months after the appointment of former Samrendra Pratap Singh as the VC of AKU, on May 26, 2016. He got the post at the age of 69 to end a long spell of uncertainty in AKU after the term of the founding VC SN Guha ended.

Singh reached the age of superannuation less than a year later, on April 20, 2017. 

However, the chancellor gave him extension of just three months or till the time his successor was appointed, whichever was earlier. The period ended on July 20, after which he got two more extensions of one-month each to facilitate completion of exercise for choosing his successor. 

With the government clearing the decks for the setting up of three new state universities – for the first time since 1992 – by clearing the creation of 48 posts each in all three, the process for the appointment of VCs and P-VCs is also likely to get underway soon. 

The new universities include Pataliputra University, comprising Magadh University colleges located in Patna and Nalanda and Purnea Univerisity headquartered in Purnea and carved out of BN Mandal University colleges located in Katihar and Purnea.

The third proposed university is to come up in Munger to be carved out of Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University. 

According to sources in the education department, the request letter for the appointment of VCs and P-VCs has already been sent to the Raj Bhawan and search committees may soon be formed. 

The sources said the government wanted the new universities, to be carved out of three big existing universities, to start functioning from the next academic session and key appointments had to be made well before that time. Once that happened, they would have to complete other formalities as per University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.

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