Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 7:
The existing process of appointment of vice chancellors in Odisha has come under some serious questioning by several academics who say it has become a murky affair involving political, financial considerations at the cost of integrity, qualification, competence and morals.
While preferring anonymity for obvious reasons, they have pointed out that there have been instances where appointments to various posts including faculty positions in universities were made to facilitate the re-appointment of sitting Vice Chancellors for the second term.
Citing an example, they have alleged that the son of one of the members of the Search Committee constituted for the selection of the vice chancellor of F.M. University was appointed in January 2014 as Reader in Economics by the sitting vice chancellor who is himself an applicant for the vice chancellor’s position in the same University, for the second time.
It is interesting to note that the sitting VC of the FM University has been shortlisted recently by the ‘Search Committee’ for the position of VC in the same university for a second consecutive term.
This, the academics say, raises serious doubts among the academic community about the transparency in the constitution of the Search Committee and the overall selection process of Vice Chancellors in the Universities in general and F.M. University in particular.
Aggrieved by such practices, several senior university teachers have demanded a probe into the matter as also a serious review of the entire process of selection of vice chancellors and formulation of a new policy which ensures selection in a transparent and impartial manner of persons of the highest level of competence,integrity along with credible academic research and accomplishments as well as administrative acumen for the post of vice chancellor.