Appointment of new VC is likely to be delayed further

May 31, 2017

MYSURU: The appointment of new vice-chancellor to the University of Mysore could be delayed as there is a move to reconstitute the search panel, which will derail the process initiated to shortlist three professors for the post.

The varsity is getting ready to convene a special meeting of the Syndicate to reconstitute the panel, which is headed by VTU former VC H P Kincha.

This comes after the panel postponed its May 22 meeting scheduled at New Delhi following objections that the committee is meeting outside Bengaluru breaking a tradition. The meeting at the UGC headquarters in Delhi was likely to finalise the names. While the panel put off its meeting reportedly following a directive from governor-chancellor Vajubhai Vala, there is a move to reconstitute the committee.

Sources in the varsity told The Times of India that the government’s directive on reconstituting the panel is awaited. Once the directive is received, a special meeting of the Syndicate could be conveyed in 48 hours, they said. “Since it will be a special meeting, the members of the Syndicate can be given short notice to attend the meeting unlike in normal circumstances when a week’s notice is required,” they noted.

The panel is proposed to be reconstituted as one of the members has reportedly indicated that he would not be able to perform his duties due to ill health, sources stated.

The panel had first met on May 12 at Bengaluru where it vetted over 150 applications received and shortlisted twenty candidates and scheduled second meeting at the UGC headquarters in New Delhi.

This will be the second ti me that the panel will be reconstituted. Earlier, the governor had changed his nominee in late February. Earlier it had nominated former VC of Gulbarga University M Muniyamma. But she was replaced by professor H M Maheshwaraiah, who is the VC of the Cent ral University located in K alburgi. As she had worked as a professor in the University of Mysore, it had led to controversy on the grounds of conflict of interest.

┬áThe VC’s post is vacant after K S Rangappa demitted office after completing his four-year term on January 10. After Rangappa demitted the office, Yeshwanth Dongreserved as in-charge VC for six weeks. Dayananda Mane is officiating as the VC since February 20.
KAS officer as registrar
Meanwhile, the state government is considering appointing a KAS officer as the registrar. Presently, professor R Rajanna is serving as the registrar. Sources said chief minister Siddaramaiah and higher education minister Basavaraja Rayaraddy, who is the pro-chancellor, have discussed the issue.