Forward planning

Remember this post from yesterday, about Ms Smriti Irani’s display of strength and resolution against AMU VC Lt General (retd) Zameeruddin Shah?

The HRD ministry is so efficient, it has begun planning for the VC’s retirement — which is still a year and a half away.

Meanwhile: (Emphasis mine):

Significantly, due to the delay in the constitution of the search committee, the tenure of incumbent Vice-Chancellors of Sridev Suman University, Uttarakhand Open University and Sanskrit University has been extended for three months.

Though the Vice-Chancellors of Sridev Suman University and Uttarakhand Open University have completed their tenures, the tenure of the Vice-Chancellor of Sanskrit University ended on Friday.

The post of Vice-Chancellor of HNB Medical University has been lying vacant for a long time. The Vice-Chancellor of Technical University is holding its additional charge.


And this — from one year and 12 days ago.

At a vice-chancellors’ meet last week, Pranab Mukherjee – the Visitor of all these universities – also asked HRD minister Smriti Irani to fill up vacant vice-chancellor posts in new central universities.

The President expressed concern that nearly 40 per cent posts in central varsities were vacant and said they must be filled up in six months. About 6,254 teaching posts are vacant in central universities against the sanctioned strength of 16,324. Most vacancies are at the levels of associate professor and professor.