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Guru Jambheshwar University awaits full time V-C, registrar

Haryana's only technical university Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology is working without a vice-chancellor and registrar.
Hindustan Times | By Ishtiyaq Sibtian Joo, Hisar
UPDATED ON JUL 18, 2015 07:50 PM IST

Haryana's only technical university Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology is working without a vice-chancellor and registrar.

While the university is operating with a makeshift V-C since May 2014, its registrar's post is also vacant since January. It was during last year in May when university V-C ML Ranga, who in pursuit of making his political career, resigned from the post. Since then the university is working without the V-C.

A makeshift arrangement was made in the form of Radha Sham Sharma, who is V-C of Chaduhary Devi Lal University in Sirsa. According to the university employees, Sharma is least interested in progress of GJU.

"He comes here very rarely. He comes here only when has some work in Delhi and make a stop here," said president of Guru Jambheshwar University Teachers Association (GJUTA) Anil Bhankhar.

There have been instances in the recent past when 'V-C gone missing' posters surfaced on the university campus.

The association leader said they had written to governor, CM and even to the ministry in Delhi, but no one seems interested. The university executive council in February also formed a three-member V-C search committee.

According to the union leader, earlier the committee used to nominate one from governor and two from outside the university and those names were made public.

However, this time no names were disclosed. No one knows who was in the committee, Bhankhar said.

Despite having two meetings, the search committee had failed. Even in February, the government published an advertisement for V-C's post and received 93 applications. Out of them, the search committee found 50 candidates eligible for the post.

"Despite having a list, the committee had failed to shortlist some names," added the union leader.

Same is the case with the university registrar's post. The last registrar finished his service in December last year. Since then the job was assigned to a senior professor MS Turhan.

The absence of key posts is affecting the students and teachers alike. "We don't know when our V-C comes and when he goes! So our problems remain unattended. Whenever, we want to do some research work, we are advised that we have to wait for V-C's approval," said a research scholar, requesting anonymity. The teachers are also crying chaos in the university.

"Teachers with doctorates are supposed to get regular increments. However, it is only in GJU where increments have been stopped as we don't have a permanent V-C or registrar," said professor Anil Bhankhar, who apart from being president of GJUTA also works in department of Nano technology said.

When asked about the issue, the makeshift registrar MH Turhan said, "It is government's job to appoint the V-C and registrar. Therefore, I can't comment on it."

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