GTU a big draw for senior staff at other varsities

The state’s biggest university in terms of jurisdiction as also the number of colleges affiliated with it,the Gujarat Technological University is turning out to be a favourite destination for senior functionaries of other universities.

Written by Syed Khalique Ahmed | Ahmedabad | Published:May 12, 2012 8:02 am

The state’s biggest university in terms of jurisdiction as also the number of colleges affiliated with it,the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) is turning out to be a favourite destination for senior functionaries of other universities.

GTU,set up in 2009,was so far having only vice-chancellor Akshai Aggarwal as permanent employee. All other staffers,including registrar,were on deputation from other departments and government engineering colleges.

After GTU’s board of governors approved recruitment of 18 administrative officers on a permanent basis a few months ago,the GTU last week selected seven persons through written tests and interviews. Six of them are from different universities in the state.

While Jitesh Joshi,selected for the post of registrar,is from the Central University of Gujarat in Gandhinagar,two deputy registrars are from other universities in the state — Jeetendra Chaturbhai Lilani,Gujarat University’s controller of examination (COE),and Pankaj Bayati,a senior administrative official of Ganpat University at Mehsana.

Among those selected as assistant registrars include Dharmesh Patel,the seniormost official of Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) after its director Bimal N Patel. Yet,Dharmesh Patel has agreed to join GTU as an assistant registrar.

Others selected for assistant registrar are Sumit Janardan Sharma from GU and Sonal Acharya from the Society for Creation of Opportunity through Proficiency in English (SCOPE).

While Joshi joined last week,others have also been issued appointment letters.

Vice-chancellor Akshai Aggarwal said others would join soon after being relieved by their present employers.

Though GTU,as a state university,offers the same salary as other universities in the state,some of those selected by GTU say there was lot of political interference in their institutions,which is not the case with GTU.

The reason,according to officials,is that the GTU,being a technological university,functions according to norms prescribed by the All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE),with very little scope for political intervention.

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