Proposed Gondwana University delayed; VC still not finalised

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 11:49

Nagpur: The proposal to set up Gondwana
University in naxal-infested Gadchiroli district in eastern
Vidarbha region is gathering dust and the project still seems
to be hanging in a limbo despite tall promises made by the
Maharashtra government.

Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan on Saturday admitted
the delay in setting up the new varsity and had promised that
the process for appointing a new Vice-Chancellor would be
initiated soon.
"Some proposals (for names of the VC) have been
received," he had said.

During the last assembly session in Nagpur, the state
government had assured to launch Maharashtra`s latest
university from Gadhchiroli from the coming academic session,
by appointing a VC by the end of the winter session. However,
even two months down the line, the government has failed to
name a VC.

The government had also said that it will start
operations from Nagpur University`s sub centre at Gadchiroli
from academic session 2011-12, and that the file regarding the
first VC was with the CM.

Talks with Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation
(MIDC) to hand over excess land to the new university, which
will have over 163 affiliated colleges from Gadchiroli and
Chandrapur, were also reported.

Sources close to Minister for Edcuation Rajesh Tope
said that probable names were finalised but Home Minister
R R Patil was of the opinion that the VC should be selected
after conducting interviews, instead of a direct selection.

"It will be decided within a day or two," Tope assured
again.
Sources told PTI that as per the new guidelines of the
University Grants Commission, the Vice-Chancellor must have
certain academic qualifications against the previous practice
of `political appointments`.

The Panel constituted for the formation of Gondwana
University for that matter or any other varsity suggests names
to the State Governor who is the Chancellor of Universities in
Maharashtra and he picks up one of them.

In a new university, the Governor appoints the VC after
the candidate is cleared by a search panel. The government can
use the UGC statute (where the VC is appointed in accordance
with the required minimum qualifications and teaching
experience), or it can appoint the VC on its own. The Chief
Minister`s decision can be challenged in the court of law,
sources added.

With the new VC, Gondwana University could start
functioning from 2011-12. But it was felt that the main
problem for the new university would be employees.

"Nagpur University (NU) employees have already opposed
government`s move to transfer them. Moreover, no one is
volunteering to move to Gadchiroli. The government has a
really tough task at hand in convincing the employees and they
might have to pay additional remuneration to attract them,"
sources said.

Moreover, finalising a VC would not be enough for the
formation of the new university. The biggest problem is
getting at least 100 acres land.

Though Tope said that the new varsity will start
functioning from NU`s sub centre at Gadchiroli, its spread
over hardly 10 acres, which is too less for a University to
operate to its full capacity.

Nagpur University now known as Rashtra Sant Tukdoji
Maharaj was set up in way back August 1, 1923. It was
bifurcated and Amravati University (Sant Gadge Maharaj
University) came in to existence on May 1, 1983.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 11:49

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