As The Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) gears up for annual convocation on January 29, the search for a vice-chancellor seems far from over. The post fell vacant after the resignation of Dr Yogesh Singh in December 2014, but the search committee formed in last July blames the delay on the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) during the local body polls in Gujarat in November.
Professor KC Upadhyay, who is also the former vice-chancellor of MSU and heading the three-member search committee formed in July, said the process is time consuming as ‘the most suitable’ candidate must be chosen for the post. “You have to consider the time of the announcement of the search committee.
The committee was formed only in July. The appointment of the committee started with the appointment of a nominee from the syndicate, a nominee from the state government and the chancellor nominates one person who heads the committee.
Until the committee is formed the work (on selecting a new VC) cannot begin. We have invited applications and nominations for the post but you have to give them time and we gave them about a month.”
The MSU, through the Officer on Special Duty Registrar, Dr Neerja Jaiswal, had issued an advertisement on August 1, 2015, inviting ‘applications/nominations’ for the post of vice-chancellor of MSU, enlisting the qualities required in the ‘academic and administrative head’. The advertisement stated that the candidate is ‘’expected to be a visionary with proven leadership and administrative capabilities along with teaching and research credentials (age not more than 62), and having outstanding academic record with 10 years as a professor in a university or an equivalent position in a reputed research and/or academic/administrative organization.”
The notice allowed applicants 30 days time for response.
Upadhyay says the committee met again in September and shortlisted ten candidates out of the applications received. However, since September, the process has seen no movement. Upadhyay says, “There has to be a background check of all the candidates, which again takes time. Meanwhile, the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into force for the Gujarat local body elections and we could not do anything. We wanted to schedule a meeting in December, but it was not convenient for everyone. We will be meeting again in the first of January to take the process further.”
Upadhyay says the state government will take the final decision on selecting a new vice-chancellor, after the search committee submits three names from the nominations received for the post.