Srinagar: The three-member panel appointed to select a new Vice Chancellor (VC) of Kashmir University (KU) heard the opinion of teaching and non-teaching staff and of research scholars on Saturday. The Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) told the panel that KU needs a VC who thinks beyond his term as Vice Chancellor and who can take KU to new heights. The panel is led by Prof DP Agarwal, former chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), and has as members Prof Ehtisham Hasnain, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, and Prof Vijay Gupta, former Vice Chancellor of Sharda University.
Muheet Ahmad Butt, President KUTA, told Kashmir Reader that the association had called an executive meet on Mach 28 in which the Executive Committee called for the selection of a person with high integrity, unblemished career, and outstanding contribution as an institution builder.
“We told them that we need a person with strong administrative acumen, besides sound academic credentials,” Butt said. “The VC appointment panel was told that KU needs a person who thinks beyond his term as Vice Chancellor, is a visionary, and has well-established, excellent academic leadership qualities along with a clear vision and roadmap for the progress and development of this institution.”
“Though high academic credentials in terms of publications, projects and patents are essential as well as desirable, they can sometimes be deceptive and not reflective of administrative capabilities and competencies of a person,” Butt said.
The non-teaching staff, represented by the Kashmir University Officers Association (KUOA) and Kashmir University Ministerial Staff Association (KUMSA), told the panel to appoint a person who is a good academician, administrator and can work to develop research in the varsity.
Qazi Ghulam Jeelani, KUMSA President, said, “We told them that the VC must improve research in the varsity, especially in the sciences. Research is the core area of any university.”
Kashmir Reader contacted the KUOA president but he refused to share details. He said that he cannot comment in an individual capacity.
Sources told Kashmir Reader that research scholars who interacted with the panel asked for a VC who could enhance research activities particularly in the Political Science department. Sources said that the research scholars gave the example of former VC Prof Jalees Ahmed Khan Tareen as a good VC. The incumbent VC, Prof Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi, also held a meeting with the panel of research scholars.