The race for the post of Vice-Chancellor (V-C) of the 157-year-old Mumbai University has begun. V-C Rajan Welukar’s term ends early next month, and Friday was the last day for aspirants to file their applications.
According to sources, at least three top officials of the university – Pro V-C Naresh Chandra, director of the Board of College and University Development (BCUD) Rajpal Hande, and dean of faculty of arts and chairman of board of studies of sociology Prahlad Jogdand – have applied for the post.
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Some college principals who have applied for he post include Suhas Pednekar, principal of Ruia College in Matunga, Vishnu Magare, principal of Kirti College at Dadar, G V Pargaokar, principal of BPCA’s college of Physical Education in Matunga, and Kiran Mangaonkar, principal of Khalsa College in Matunga.
Sources added that the names of Mumbai University Prof Abhay Pethe and dean of commerce faculty Madhu Nair have been nominated.
Welukar’s five-year term that ends on July 6 was mired in controversies. The state government has assured a transparent process for selection of VC. Out of the applications, five to six names will be short-listed for the final round.