Common panel likely to shortlist names for VC posts

A file photo of the University of Mysore. The Higher Education Minister has said the process of appointing Syndicate members will begin soon.

A file photo of the University of Mysore. The Higher Education Minister has said the process of appointing Syndicate members will begin soon.  

‘Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, to be amended to bring in more transparency in these appointments’

The State government plans to have a common search committee to scrutinise applications and recommend names for appointment of Vice-Chancellors to universities.

At an interaction with presspersons on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister and Higher Education Minister C.N. Ashwath Narayan alleged that there was corruption in the appointment of Vice-Chancellors. He said there needs to be greater emphasis on quality while shortlisting names for the posts of Vice-Chancellor of State-run universities.

Dr. Narayan said the Higher Education Department would propose amendments to the Karnataka State Universities Act, 2000, to bring in more transparency in these appointments. He said a common pool of experts and academicians would be roped in and the common search committee would conduct a thorough scrutiny of the applications. “This will put an end to multiple search committees. All the applications will be put in public domain,” he said.

He pointed out that there was a need to build a mechanism where all the details given by the candidates were verified.

Dr. Narayan said all controversial appointments would be examined.

He said the department would soon start the process of appointing new members to the Syndicate of different universities.

Several State-run universities are functioning without government nominees for almost a year now. Just before its collapsed, the JD(S)–Congress coalition government had issued orders appointing government nominees to Syndicates. However, as soon as the BJP government came to power, it revoked these appointments. The Syndicate is the highest decision-making body of any university.

310 colleges to get principals

Around 310 government first-grade degree colleges will finally get principals. The post has been vacant in these colleges for several years. Dr. Narayan said the vacancies would be filled through direct recruitment, and the department was considering conducting an online test to select eligible candidates for the posts.

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