Manish Doshi,Congress spokesperson and senate member of Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University and Gujarat University, has been appointed as one among the four-member search committee for the Krantiguru Shyamji Krishna Verma Kachch University (KSKVKU).
Doshi has been recommended as a representative of the university’s academic and executive council.
Of the three remaining panelists,who are yet to be selected,one would be recommended by Governor Kamla Beniwal,another would be a UGC nominee,while the fourth would be nominated by the joint board of V-Cs of state universities.
Kachch University has been without a full-fledged vice-chancellor since November 2012,when Shashi Ranjan Yadavs term ended. Yadav was the second V-C after the the university was set up in March 2003. Kantilal Gor was the first V-C. But,the search for a new V-C after Yadavs demitting office got delayed due to political reasons.
The Governor,on two occasions in the past,dissolved the search panels,and in August this year,she rejected the list of probables for the post of V-C. A serach committee,comprising former Bhavnagar University V-C J M Maiyani as Chairman,with V-C of Indian Institute of Teachers Education at Gandhinagar Kamlesh Joshipura,Daxesh Thakar of Kachchh University and University Grants Commission representative GRC Reddy as panelists,had recommended three names — IB Peerrzada,S R Yadav and Pankaj Jani — as probables.
However,the Governor not only rejected the panel’s recommendations,she also dissolved the search panel despite protests by V-Cs of over 12 universities across the state.
A senior official in the state education department said that politics seems to have played a role in the entire episode. While the ruling BJP wanted some one close to it to head Kachch University,the opposition Congress wanted its own sympathiser to occupy
Currently,Pranesh Dave,one of the faculty members of Kachch University,holds temporary charge of the V-C. Meanwhile,academic and the executive councils of Gujarat University (GU) has recommended M S University V-C Yogesh Singh as one of the three members of the search panel for GU V-C search panel. Dr Mukul Shah has been the in-charge V-C of GU for the past three months after Adesh Pal quit as its V-C amid controversies.