Srinagar: Prof Talat Ahmad on Tuesday assumed charge as the Vice Chancellor of University of Kashmir (KU) on Tuesday after he was relieved by the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi, where he was serving as the VC.
Prof Talat was appointed by Governor, N N Vohra as VC KU last month but could not as assume charge immediately because of his tenure at JMI.
An official told Kashmir Reader that he assumed charge on Tuesday afternoon. It is Prof Talat’s second stint as the VC of KU.
Although Prof Talat was not in fray for the top post when KU asked for the applications early on, he applied for the post after it was re-advertised and age bar was raised to 65 years by the government.
Talking to Kashmir Reader over phone, Prof Talat said that his immediate focus would be to get Kashmir University accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as the varsity had lost in funding in crores just because it was not accredited by the NAAC.
“While Jammu University got Rs 105 crore, it (KU) got zero,” Prof Talat rued.
“When they did not go for NAAC inspection, what will happen?” he asked.
The new VC said that he “will make priorities and do” the business at KU.
Prof Talat said that he will also look into the delay in examinations, which has been in limelight lately as degrees-both under graduation and postgraduate degrees have stretched beyond the stipulated time period at KU.
Welcoming Prof Talat upon assuming charge, President Kashmir University Teachers Association, Prof Muheet hoped that the new VC “will take the university to new heights and resolve all issues confronted by the teachers and students that have piled up” at the varsity.
“KUTA will bear a positive outlook and play a constructive role in redressing all grievances. We will work with the new VC with a progressive frame of mind,” Prof Muheet added.
Claiming that KU was “in a mess”, a KU insider, wishing not to be named said that they wanted issues-both in academics and administration “streamlined” by Prof Talat.
The insider said that the apathy of officers at the helm towards the departments had been “costing the university dearly”.
The insider said that Directorate of IT & SS was making “departments do clerical job” by asking them to check the documents of students at the time of admissions.
“In fact, the directorate did not listen to us when we asked them to open a particular link for the students during the recently notified PG admissions. We had to remind them several times,” added the insider.