Anna University will have Vice Chancellor in four months: Minister

Anbalagan announces names for MKU, Madras University V-C posts; laws are being amended for appointment of VCs, he says

May 27, 2017 12:42 pm | Updated 04:14 pm IST - Chennai

Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K.P. Anbalagan.

Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K.P. Anbalagan.

Tamil Nadu Higher Education Minister K.P. Anbalagan on Saturday said laws were being amended for appointment of vice-chancellors.

Mr. Anbalagan announced that P.P. Chelladurai will be the vice chancellor of the Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) and P. Duraisamy the vice-chancellor of the Madras University.

He, however, made no announcement on appointment of vice chancellor of the Anna University.

The Minister said “Governor was not happy with the three names given. The university has over 7 lakh students and hence has rejected all the three names.”

The Governor had said that their qualifications were not up to the mark.  A 3-5 member committee comprising a retired judge or a retired vice chancellor has been asked to give a new panel of names to the Governor, Mr. Anbalagan said.  “Within four months, the Anna University will have a vice-chancellor.”

The Minister said, "It is not that the three persons in the Anna University were not qualified according to the norms. The Governor expects someone with higher capabilities to be appointed as vice-chancellor. The university is the largest technical institution in the country and hence requires a higher qualified person.''

As per new laws that would include 12 of the 13 State universities., he said, a search committee would be constituted six months prior a vice chancellor's end of tenure. Within four months, the committee should constitute a panel of names. If the committee is unable to give the names, the Governor can either give time or dissolve the committee,” Mr. Anbalagan said.

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