Only two academics from Kashmir are among the 10 to 12 candidates for the post of vice-chancellor Kashmir University who have been shortlisted for an interaction with an experts' panel that will pick three candidates for final selection to be made by the Governor and Chief Minister.
Seventeen Kashmiri academics were in the fray, nine of whom are currently serving at the university. But only one of these nine academics has been shortlisted for the final interactions to be held at New Delhi on April 15 and 16. The shortlisted professor is from the School of Business Studies, a source said.
Another shortlisted professor from Kashmir is from the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar.
"Given the fact that several senior professors from the university have been dropped this time, some different parameters have been adopted for short listing candidates for interaction," he said.
During their interaction with scholars, faculty and non-teaching staff, the search committee headed by Prof DP Agarwal, former chairman of the Union Public Service Commission, was told that the appointment of new VC should be apolitical and the selected candidate should have a "strong academic and administrative acumen".
After the final interaction, the search committee is likely to recommend three names to Governor and chancellor NN Vohra.
Vohra, as per the University Act, is supposed to appoint the vice-chancellor in consultation with the Chief Minister, who is pro-chancellor of the university.
More than 60 academics, administrators and researchers had applied for the post.