Panel told to select KU VC on merit, not politics

Panel told to select KU VC on merit, not politics
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Srinagar: Top officials and faculty of Kashmir University (KU) on Friday told the three-member panel that will select a new Vice Chancellor (VC) of the varsity to make the appointment on merit, without being swayed by “political interference.”
In day-long interactions held with the panel today, the KU faculty and staff mentioned Prof Jalees Ahmed Khan Tareen, Prof Manzoor ul Alam and Prof Waheed ur Malik as past examples of an excellent KU VC.
The three-member panel of Prof DP Agarwal, former chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Prof Ehtisham Hasnain, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, and Prof Vijay Gupta, former Vice Chancellor of Sharda University, first met with deans, head of departments, and directors of centres at KU on Friday.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that in this meeting, the panel members were asked to appoint a “tough VC”, who should be a “visionary”, an academic, and with sound understanding of administration and research.
“Some members cited examples of former VCs Jalees Ahmed Khan Tareen, Manzoor ul Alam and Waheed ur Malik as having strong administration skills,” the sources told Kashmir Reader.
The second group that met the panel from 2:30pm to 4pm comprised professors, who told the panel that the new VC should be appointed without any political interference.
Sources said that some professors were of the opinion that a female candidate should be appointed to the top post at KU. However, eminent professor Hameeda Nayeem suggested that the appointment should be based on merit and not on gender. “Professors from foreign language departments suggested that the new VC should be a bureaucrat, because they are good at administration,” sources said. “But this was contradicted by others who said administrative sills are not mentioned in the eligibility criteria.”
Associate Professors, sources said, told the panel that the new VC should be brought at par with VCs of other Indian universities.
The director of a centre at KU told Kashmir Reader that the focus of the meeting was on the administrative part. He said, “We told them we need a VC who can meet the administrative challenges, who had already built some institution. Others suggested that if a non-local is to be appointed as VC, then he or she should be from south India, because they don’t have any connections with KU.”
The panel will meet KU office-bearers and research scholars on Saturday, and then make a visit to the KU campus.