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Rajasthan University to get new vice-chancellor by May

Search committee seeks guidance from the state governor.

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April 7, 2017, 5:05 pm

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Jaipur: Rajasthan University will get a new vice-chancellor by the end of May. The search committee formed to find a suitable candidate for the post may start interviews this month. The committee members has sought guidance from the state governor who is also the university’s chancellor on eligibility criteria to be advertised, so that suitable candidates could apply.

The post of Rajasthan University vice-chancellor is lying vacant since January. 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 comments.

On January 2, the high court commented that the office of V-C could not be occupied by someone undeserving for the post while hearing a petition against his appointment.

The court was also miffed over the use of the academic title of doctor by Singhal. The double bench of Justice KS Jhaveri and Justice VS Mathur asked how Singhal could use the title when he wasn’t a PhD degree holder. The university administration argued in the court that it was due to a typing error; however, the court said that it wasn’t a typo, instead the university was trying to mislead the court.

The search committee to appoint the new V-C was constituted two months ago, 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 has now sought guidance from the governor office on the appointment.

First published: April 7, 2017
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