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IAS officers not to be appointed as V-C of Rajasthan government universities

Lecturers of government colleges can now apply for the post of V-C

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April 25, 2017, 1:43 pm

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Jaipur: IAS officers will not be given additional charge of vice chancellors in government universities in Rajasthan when the post goes vacant. The state government has amended the bill pertaining to government universities to curb the practice of appointing IAS officers for the post when a vice-chancellor is removed or completes his tenure.

When the post of a government university V-C goes vacant, V-C from another university will be appointed, as per the amendment.

An IAS officer has been occupying the office of  Vice-Chancellor of Rajasthan University since January. The previous V-C JP Singhal resigned after Rajasthan high court had sought an explanation as to why the office of the V-C was being occupied by someone undeserving for the post. Then V-C JP Singhal resigned following the HC comments.

The state government introduced a bill in the state assembly on Monday that allows lecturers of government colleges to apply for the post of V-C. Only professors of government universities can apply to the search committees for the post till now.

The amendments will speed up the process of the appointment of a new V-C for Rajasthan University.

The search committee to appoint the new V-C was constituted in February, but after reports of the state government bringing some amendments in the law related to the appointment of VC, the committee slowed down its work.

The search committee also now sought guidance from the governor office on the appointment.

First published: April 25, 2017