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No bureaucrat for top Jamia post,say university teachers

Strongly objecting to the list of names shortlisted by the selection committee for the post of Jamia Millia Islamia University Vice-Chancellor last week...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
June 17, 2009 1:26:18 am

Strongly objecting to the list of names shortlisted by the selection committee for the post of Jamia Millia Islamia University Vice-Chancellor last week,the teaching community of Jamia Millia Islamia have spoken out against the consideration of bureaucrats for the post.

The five people shortlisted for the post include incumbent Mushirul Hasan and Faizan Ahmed,director of Jamia’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences,apart from three bureaucrats,namely Afzal Amanullah,an IAS officer from Bihar,retired IAS officer Najeeb Jang and Bihar’s state information commissioner Mohd Shakeel Ahmed.

In a release,Jamia teacher stated: “We strongly believe that as a matter of principle,only academics should be appointed as vice-chancellors of universities. The three-member search committee appointed to shortlist candidates for Jamia vice-chancellorship has only one academic,the other two being a former civil servant and a retired judge. Again,search committees for apex positions in academic institutions should,in principle,comprise academicians who have excelled in their fields,and the process of appointment should be transparent and apolitical.”

The teachers have also urged the HRD minister and President Pratibha Patil,Visitor of Jamia,to desist from appointing a civil servant as the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia,even if it meant a prolonged wait to find a suitable candidate from the teaching community.

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Manisha Sethi,a teacher at Jamia,said that while most universities in India get academicians as for the post,it is most unfortunate that only two central universities,namely Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University,periodically get bureaucrats as vice-chancellors. “We think only an academician can understand the needs of an academic institution,” she said.

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First published on: 17-06-2009 at 01:26:18 am

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