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NE hill varsity without V-C

Several other important posts of the university are also clubbed together and handed over to one or two people, Prof Mao said.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati |
November 4, 2014 2:08:43 am

Academic and administrative activities at the North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong have been suffering due to the absence of a permanent vice-chancellor for more than a year. Students and faculty of the university claim this is a glaring example of how a premier institution in the region has been neglected by the Centre.

“A senior professor has been functioning as an acting V-C. But since he is not eligible to take a lot of the major decisions, the university is suffering immensely,” said Professor X P Mao, the president of the NEHU teachers’ association.

A memorandum sent to the President, with copies marked to the Prime Minister and Union HRD minister, claimed that the university’s functioning has come to a virtual standstill because the acting V-C is not entitled to perform various statutory duties. “Moreover, he is not entitled to take major financial decisions. Promotions of faculty members have been frozen for more than a year now,” he said. Several other important posts of the university are also clubbed together and handed over to one or two people, Prof Mao said.

While one person  acts as both a teacher in his parent department and the controller of examinations and registrar, another holds the charge of deputy registrar and finance officer, he added.

Established in 1973, the NEHU originally had jurisdiction over Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.

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