Srinagar, Jan 18: The J&K government on Wednesday appointed Vice Chancellor SKUAST Kashmir Prof. (Dr.) Nazir Ahmad Ganai as in-charge VC of SKUAST-Jammu.
As per an order issued by Additional Chief Secretary Agricultural Production department, the appointment has been made as the incumbent VC Sher-e- Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) Jammu Prof. J P Sharma completed his tenure on attaining the age of 65 years.
"Consequent upon the completion of the tenure of Dr. J P Sharma as Vice Chancellor, SKUAST Jammu on January 14, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Ganai, VC SKUAST- Kashmir shall hold the charge of the post of Vice Chancellor, SKUAST Jammu in addition to his own duties," the order reads.
The VC SKUAST Kashmir will hold the charge of VC SKUAST Jammu "till the Selection Committee draws a final panel for appointment of a suitable candidate against the post."
Notably, J P Sharma was appointed as VC SKUAST Jammu in June 2020.
Prior to that, Dr Sharma was serving as Joint Director (Ext.) ICAR, New Delhi.
He was appointed as the VC under section 25(1) of the University-1982, for three years or until he attains the age of 65 years.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Atal Dulloo said the government has already constituted a search committee to draw a panel of candidates for the appointment of new VC for SKUAST-Jammu.
As per the government order, the J&K Agriculture Production Department (APD) has constituted a committee for selection of VC for SKUAST- Jammu.
"In exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-Section (1) of Section 25 of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Act, 1982, sanction is hereby accorded to the constitution of a Selection Committee for drawing up a panel of names for appointment to the post of VC of SKUAST-Jammu within a period of three months," reads the order issued by Attal Dulloo.
The committee comprises of Director General Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) as its Convener, Chairman University Grants Commission (UGC) or his nominee, Financial Commissioner (Additional Chief Secretary) Agriculture Production Department Atal Dulloo, Deputy Director General International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Add Tropics (ICRISAT), Telangana Dr. Arvind Kumar.
"Registrar, SKUAST-J shall provide secretarial assistance to the committee with regular updates on the progress to the administrative department for the kind perusal of the Chancellor," the order reads.
The SKUAST-J has not yet issued the advertisement for inviting applications from the eligible candidates for the post of VC.
The Registrar SKUAST-Jammu Prof. Sushil Kumar Gupta when contacted said the notification for inviting applications for the post of VC was not issued yet.
"There is no routine fixed in it but the notification is issued after receiving directions from the Chairman of the Search Committee," he told Greater Kashmir.
He said the notification is issued in accordance with the schedule of the Search Committee for holding their meetings.