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5 TS varsities headless

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Though the Telangana government had successfully completed 100 days, it failed to make headway in appointing Vice-Chancellors to the universities....

Administrative work hits roadblock

Hyderabad: Though the Telangana government had successfully completed 100 days, it failed to make headway in appointing Vice-Chancellors to the universities. Currently, five universities: Osmania University, Kakatiya University, Telangana University, Mahatma Gandhi University and Palamuru University in the State have no heads. Although the government had appointed in-charge VCs to the universities, the administrative work and academics hit a roadblock without a full time Vice-Chancellor (VC), sources said.

While the government has to constitute a search committee to appoint the VCs, no such move has been done till now. For appointment of a VC, a notification would be released by the government calling for applications from the eligible candidates. The three best candidates would be selected by the committee, and their names would be submitted to the government. The final ratification of candidates would be done by the government.

According to sources, the government is in a fix for the past few months due to amendments made by the University Grants Commission in appointment of VCs.

The amendment states that a person should have a minimum of 10 years experience to be appointed as the VC of a State run university.

With non-availability of the VC for the past two months, students of Osmania University (OU) lamented that their degree certificates were not being issued. “The officials are making me run from pillar to post for the certificates,” a degree student said.

A professor from OU on the condition of anonymity said that despite the university having an in-charge VC, the administrative work has come to a standstill. “The Telangana government which boasted of development and welfare schemes, failed to resolve the ongoing crisis of VCs in the State. Files don’t move with the in-charge thereby hampering the administrative work. It is the students who are receiving,” the professor lamented.

When contacted, the principal secretary of higher education Vikas Raj was unavailable for comment on the issue.

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