Educationists in West Bengal are expressing disappointment over the state government’s latest circular that removes university representatives from the panel responsible for appointing Vice-Chancellors. This exclusion raises concerns about the autonomy of universities and may lead to legal hurdles.
New Circular Omits University Representatives
The West Bengal Government has issued a fresh notice reshuffling the search committees for the appointment of Vice-Chancellors in State Universities. However, academicians in the state are left disappointed as the latest circular fails to include university representatives in the panel.
Distress Over Exclusion of University Representatives
Academicians in West Bengal are distressed over the exclusion of university representatives from the panel. The new notification proposes to include a representative nominated by the Chief Minister in the five-member panel. However, the absence of a representative from the concerned state university raises concerns about the decision-making process and the representation of university interests.
Potential Legal Hurdles
The exclusion of university representatives in the panel is expected to face legal challenges, similar to the previous committee that lacked representation from the University Grants Commission (UGC). The UGC has advocated for the inclusion of a representative from the state university concerned in the search panel, which the latest circular disregards.
Composition of the New Panel
According to the new circular, the panel will consist of one member recommended by the Education Department of the state, one by the state Higher Education Council, one by the UGC, one by the Governor (who is also the Chancellor of all universities in the state), and one representative nominated by the Chief Minister. However, the absence of a university representative in the panel raises concerns about fair representation and the potential for politically motivated decisions.
Educationists in West Bengal strongly condemn the decision to exclude university representatives from the panel and emphasize the importance of preserving the autonomy of state universities in the appointment process.
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