Search panel clueless about governor’s letter

Nov 11, 2017

MYSURU: The University of Mysore vice-chancellor search committee is in the dark over the governor’s letter directing the state government to send a new panel of names for the post. According to sources, the state government is likely to pursue the old panel of names with the governor. The department of higher education may seek legal opinion in this matter.

V B Coutinho, a member of the search committee and UoM syndicate nominee in it, said the state government is yet to notify panel members on the issue. “It’s better to opt for new names instead of keeping the post vacant for an indefinite period. But I haven’t received any intimation on the governor’s direction seeking fresh a panel of new names,” he said.

He also said the delay in the appointment of vice-chancellors will harm the interest of the universities.

According to sources in the higher education department, the government may seek opinion from the law department over the governor’s letter which could further delay the appointment. “The state government is clear on its stand and wants to pursue the old panel of names. So, the department of higher education may seek the law department’s opinion on further action,” said an officer who is privy to the developments.

Meanwhile, the term of the incumbent in-charge VC of UoM Dayananda Mane ends on November 23. “He will be succeeded by another senior dean of the university,” said sources in the university.

“C Basavaraju, faculty of law, Ningamma C Betsur, faculty of education and T K Umesh, faculty of science are the three seniormost academicians in the race for the VC in-charge post. Mane will send the list to the governor who in turn selects the in-charge VC who will hold the post till the appointment of a new VC,” he said.

Meanwhile, S N Hegde, former VC, UoM and president of the Forum of Former Vice-Chancellors of Karnataka State Universities (FVCK), said the delay in the appointment of the new VC is not good for any university. “The process of appointing a new VC should be expedited. This abnormal delay is causing damage to the academic, research and other activities of the university,” he said.

“The VC’s post of UoM has been vacant for the past 10 months. In-charge VC has no powers to take any major decision. The syndicate members also don’t have powers,” he said.