The four-member search committee,headed by former IAS officer Kirit Shelat,is yet to recommend three names to the state government for appointing new vice-chancellor of the Anand Agriculture University (AAU). The government had formed the committee in the first week of July when the post fell vacant after the retirement of M C Varshneya on June 30.
One of the members on the search panel said the committee had met last on July 31 and had a discussion on a list of 32 names received by it. However,the names of the probable candidates for the post could not be finalised.
A senior government official said they expect to receive the list of names within a week. Once we receive the names from the search panel,we will send it to the Chief Minister who will then recommend it to the Governor, said the official.
Currently,the AAU is being headed by the universitys senior-most scientist,A N Sheikh. Earlier,the government wanted to give extension to 65-year-old Varshneya by increasing the retirement age of vice-chancellors of agriculture universities to 70. But the proposal was rejected by Governor Kamla Beniwal,saying there was no urgency to bring an ordinance to this effect.
She had stated that if the government wanted to increase the retirement age of agriculture university V-Cs on the lines of the Gujarat Technological University,it could bring a bill in the state Assembly.