Friday, June 29, 2012
anna university next vice chancellor | Anna university likely to remain without vice-chancellor for a few months
By evening on Wednesday 27th June, Anna University, Chennai had got through its first day of functioning without a head or a governing body. The situation is likely to last a couple of months, thanks to the delay in setting right political interference that resulted in the syndicate and academic council being dissolved two years ago.
The thing that is keeping the government from forming a search committee to select a vice-chancellor for the university, say academics, is the notification of the merger of the five Anna Universities of Technology with Anna University, Chennai.
"This will be done within two months. After that a search committee will be formed to select the vice-chancellor. Till then an interim convenor committee will be placed in charge of affairs at the university," higher education minister P Palaniappan told TOI on Wednesday.
Academics, however, said it was a Catch-22 situation as the university syndicate and academic council had been dissolved two years ago. "The current syndicate is not permissible by law. Then how can any decision be taken," asked an academic.
People in the know said professor Mannar Jawahar, the outgoing vice-chancellor, had sent three names — director of technical education Ramesh Chand Meena, Guindy College of Engineering dean M Sekar and his own — to form the convenor committee. Minister Palaniappan said that the committee was yet to be approved.
Professor Jawahar's decision to include his name in the committee has come in for flak in academic circles. "This is very unusual. No vice-chancellor proposes his own name to be part of the convenor committee," said another academic.
The committee, academics insist, cannot be formed in the absence of a syndicate and academic council because the nominations for the committee must come from these two bodies and the government. While there is no immediate solution in sight, a long-term solution also seems elusive at the moment.
The only thing to be done, officials said, was for the government to revoke the order dissolving the syndicate and academic council, which will close an allied case in court and allow normalcy to be restored in the institution. This can give life to the academic council and the syndicate, which can then propose their nominees for the vice-chancellor search committee. "This decision can be taken in a day, but whether the authorities will do it remains to be seen," said an academic.
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