CUK Vice-Chancellor’s appointment put on hold

Moazum Mohammad
Srinagar: The Central University of Kashmir (CUK) would remain headless for sometime as the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has put the appointment of Vice-Chancellor (VC) on hold.
The CUK, which doesn’t have a full-time VC since March this year after the superannuation of its founder VC Prof Abdul Wahid Qureshi, is being headed by an officiating VC Prof Meraj-ud-Din Mir.
Official’s privy to the development said the search-cum-selection committee had submitted their recommendations to MHRD last month but the ministry is yet to arrive on final decision.
“The MHRD is apprehensive about credibility and profile of the search committee formed during the Congress-led UPA government,” the officials said.
“The delay in appointment of VC has affected overall functioning of the CUK which is at its formative stage. There is a dire need for a fulltime head so that vital decisions don’t hang in balance,” they said.
The search committee convened by President of India was headed by former interlocutor on Kashmir, Radha Kumar along with VC of JNU New Delhi, Prof SK Sopory, and Prof Balram.
The committee had invited applications from eligible candidates across India for the post, and around 50 people submitted their applications. Among them, the sources said, 29 applicants were screened and called for an interaction by the committee to New Delhi.
“Three candidates were shortlisted and their names were recommended to the HRD ministry. Prof Rattan Lal Hangloo, Prof MA Sofi, former HoD Mathematics, Kashmir University, and Prof Khurshid Andrabi, Dean Research, Kashmir University are the frontrunners,” the sources told Kashmir Reader.
When contacted, Prof SK Sopory, the JNU VC, said they have submitted their recommendations to the MHRD and the decision lies with it.
“We held a meeting with the ministry and submitted our report, but the matter is pending with the ministry,” Sopori told Kashmir Reader.