The process for selection of the new Vice Chancellor of the University of Jammu (JU) has sped up as all the 11 shortlisted aspirants will appear before the selection panel in Delhi today. The university is country’s first ISO-certified institute of research and higher learning. Four out of eleven shortlisted candidates are local and all of them are expected to make a power point presentation before the selection committee today.
Reportedly, the four local aspirants of the JU including RD Sharma, who is the incumbent Vice Chancellor, left for New Delhi yesterday after being called by the selection panel. The other three aspirants of the University are Prof Naresh Padha of the Physics Department, Prof Desh Bandhu Gupta, Director, Colleges Development and Prof Kuldeep Sharma of the Zoology Department. Official sources told that the aspirants for the prestigious position in Jammu University would be presenting their vision for the varsity in front of the selection panel today.
The search committee was constituted after Prof Mohan Paul Singh Ishar had requested Governor NN Vohra to relieve him of the assignment as the Vice Chancellor about three months prior to the completion of his tenure which was to end on January 27, 2015. Prof RD Sharma was then given the charge of the position on October 31 till the new appointment is made. The search committee is a three member committee headed by Arun Nagvekar, Prof BB Bhattacharya and RP Aggarwal, former Chairman of the UGC, former Chancellor of JNU and former Secretary in the Human Resource Development Ministry respectively.
As told by the official sources, the search committee would form a panel of three to four finalized candidates after holding interaction with all the 11 aspirants. The finalized candidates will then submit their report to the Governor who has to take the final call. The new Vice Chancellor is likely to be appointed in the first week of March as reported by high sources.