Varsity faculty wants ‘apolitical’ VC

Moazum Mohammad
Srinagar: With Kashmir University Friday circulating a circular for the application of Vice Chancellor’s post, many faculty members told Kashmir Reader that they are in favour of ‘apolitical’ VC.
A circular undersigned by Registrar KU on behalf of the three-member search committee has sought applications from the candidates for the coveted post of varsity within 20-days from now.
During former VC Prof Talat’s tenure, faculty members said that the campus saw emergence of ‘mainstream’ backed student associations activities.
“There was much political activism in our University during Prof Talat’s tenure. The Congress’s student wing NSUI (National Students Union of India) surfaced all of sudden and so was the case with other political parties,” said some of the faculty members on condition of not naming them.
They said Prof Talat’s political activism in the campus hampered the quality education. “Political activities largely disrupted the academics in the campus as he was keen to host political personalities rather to stress on quality education. Now, the application process has started, the candidates for VC must be purely selected on his or her merit,” a senior faculty member told Kashmir Reader.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that the Chancellor’s office seeks to expedite the process of selection of VC in “short span of time” before Model Code of Conduct comes into effect ahead of the State Legislative Assembly polls.
The search committee for the VC is being led by Prof Goverdhan Mehta, National Research Professor at the School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad along with two others including Prof A M Pathan and Prof MM Solanki. The search committee was constituted by state Governor N N Vohra, who happens to be Chancellor of the University.
The development, an official said, came days after the Registrar Prof Zafar Reshi held deliberations with the committee members in Delhi.
The coveted post fell vacant after Prof Talat Ahmad opted for Vice Chancellorship of Central University Jamia Millia Islami Delhi even as he was granted three-year extension by Chancellor Vohra and Pro-Chancellor Omar Abdullah ahead of his termination of the tenure. His three-year term was expiring on May 31, 2014. However, the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor granted him extension before three-months.