Search Committee for Kashmir University VC to meet this week

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Srinagar: The Search Committee constituted to draw a panel of candidates for the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor (VC) for the University of Kashmir (KU) is scheduled to meet this week for a preliminary meeting.

A top official said that the three-member committee headed by Secretary General Indian Association of Universities Pankak Mittal would finalise modalities for the advertisement to be issued for the post of the VC which fell vacant after the expiry of the three-year term of the present VC Prof Talat Ahmad in August this year.

The Search Committee, constituted by the Chancellor of the University Lt Governor Manoj Sinha on December 8, has former VC MANUU Prof Muhammad Miyan, VC Jamia Millia Islamia Prof Najma Akthar as its members.

Sources said the committee during its preliminary meeting would also finalise the upper age limit for the VC as well as the age limit of applicants as on the last date of submission of applications following the three-year term criteria.

After the issuance of the advertisement, the committee would scrutinise the applications before finally submitting a panel of three names for the VC to the Chancellor for his approval in terms of powers vested in him under the University Act.

Prof Talat was appointed the VC for five years in 2018.

However, the term was reduced to three years in the provisions of the J&K Reorganisation Act which came into force following the abrogation of Article 370 by the Centre in 2019.

The Jammu University (JU), where a separate search committee has been constituted, already advertised the post of the VC on Saturday.

The JU Search Committee is headed by former VC Punjab University Prof Arun Kumar Grover with former VC Nagaland University Prof Pardesi Lal, and former VC Indraprastha University Delhi Prof Anil Kumat Tyagi as its members.

“The advertisement for inviting application for the post of VC KU will immediately be issued after the committee will convene its first meeting this week,” the official said.

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