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‘I will give myself 10/10 as vice chancellor’

The outgoing vice chancellor of the University of Pune Narendra Jadhav on Saturday said he was satisfied with the work that had been done during his tenure.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
June 7, 2009 5:12:48 am

The outgoing vice chancellor of the University of Pune (UoP) Narendra Jadhav on Saturday said he was satisfied with the work that had been done during his tenure. “If I have to assess myself,with all the modesty,I will give myself 10 out of 10,” he said.

The V-C was addressing a press conference at the UoP to formally announce his appointment to the Planning Commission. Jadhav will resign as V-C on June 15 and will join the Planning Commission the next day.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has handpicked his team for the Planning Commission. Considered as a close associate of the PM,Jadhav got the berth at the commission owing to his expertise in economics. As a member,Jadhav will be looking at issues related to education.

Looking back at his three-year tenure,Jadhav expressed satisfaction that he could undertake ambitious projects like campus makeover and restructuring of the heritage building of the UoP. Students,as well as society,appreciated his initiatives like triple connectivity,revision of syllabi that was pending for years and the Samartha Bharat Abhiyan.

It was under his leadership that the UoP set up a campus at Ras- Al- Khaimah in UAE. It plans to set up another campus in Uganda. If it happens,the UoP will be the first foreign institution to go to Uganda. The proposal in this regard was accepted in the management council meeting on Saturday.

Though,most projects are on the track,Jadhav accepted that some of them got delayed owing to technical issues. “The construction of 17 new buildings on the campus is delayed. Another activity that I couldn’t implement was evaluation of teachers by students. I had proposed evaluation of V-C too. But I am happy that as I had promised I could give three years to the university and fulfil most of the promises,” he said.

“I tried to remove the inertia and the status quo tendency prevailing in the university. I desire that the next V-C should also come with a mission,” he said.

Jadhav criticised the new process of V-C selection. “The new guidelines of the selection by a three-member committee are bureaucratic in nature. It asks for teaching experience,which is foolish. A V-C should have administrative experience,in-depth knowledge and a vision to implement,” he said.

Adsool will be the shortest serving pro-vice chancellor
Arun Adsool will become the shortest serving pro-vice chancellor of the University of Pune (UoP) with only 40 days in office,as he officiates the post of Vice Chancellor after the present V-C Narendra Jadhav resigns on June 15 to join as the member of Planning Commission.

Adsool will be the officiating vice chancellor of the university till the next vice chancellor is appointed. He will be a strong candidate for the post due to his vast experience as an academician and his service in every executive body of the UoP. Jadhav said he will be officially requesting the Chancellor to appoint Adsool as an officiating vice chancellor.

Meanwhile,Adsool said the UoP will felicitate Jadhav on June 13 in IUCAA hall at 11 am.

The tenure of director of board of college and university development (BCUD) Dr Pandit Vidyasgar will also be over on June 15 as the post of BCUD director is also co-terminus with the v-c’s post.

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