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“UGC against any compromise on appointment of VCs”

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Shastry V. Mallady

We advise States to appoint only able persons: Prof. Prakash

MADURAI: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is against any compromise on appointment of Vice-Chancellors for universities, Ved Prakash, Vice-Chairman, UGC, said here on Wednesday.

“We advise State governments to appoint only good and able persons as Vice-Chancellors…There are already certain broad guidelines and they have to be followed,” he said.

Speaking to The Hindu during his visit to the Madurai Kamaraj University convocation, Prof. Ved Prakash opined that appointing right persons as Vice-Chancellors was of paramount importance as “you are shaping the future of the country on the campuses and hence a VC should be a role model.”

He said that a debate was on for a long time on appointment of Vice-Chancellors in view of criticism from various quarters that States were not following the requisite standards.

“A person being appointed as a Vice-Chancellor has to be an academician and should have administrative acumen too. These days, aspirations are high and everybody expects to become a VC. But States must look out for individuals who have excellence and long-term vision,” said Prof. Ved Prakash.

Asked if he had come across any instance where the VC appointments were not in tune with the expected standards or UGC guidelines, he said people knew better about what had been happening.

According to him, the UGC cannot directly intervene in the matter of appointments but could only issue an advisory to the State governments, if required.

“There has to be transparency and objectivity while appointing a Vice-Chancellor. And the UGC has the mandate of maintaining standards.”

He also stressed that the existing institutions of higher education should not be undermined while establishing new ones across the country.

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