President moved over new `tainted` VC of NEHU
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 18:13
Shillong: Two organisations have dashed off letters to President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil seeking revocation of the appointment of A N Rai as the vice chancellor of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).

Alleging that the appointment of a controversial person who has left an unpalatable legacy in his previous posting as the VC of Mizoram University was against local sentiments, the Federation of Khasi Jaintia and Garo People today said, "We are deeply frustrated with the decision to appoint a person with tainted credentials".

Rai had earned a bad name after a turmoil at Mizoram University few months back over a recruitment row.

The influential Khasi Students Union said, "Local sentiments were completely ignored in the matter of the appointment of Vice Chancellor in the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU). Why must local stake holders be not discussed in the matter?".

"A well-known academician from the region and preferably a tribal with academic and administrative experience be appointed as Vice Chancellor in NEHU," the KSU said in their letter faxed yesterday to the President, who is also the Visitor of the varsity.

The union also doubted the ability of the search committee in recommending the name of a controversial person as the VC of the prestigious NEHU.

Earlier, the general assembly of the teaching and non-teaching staff had unilaterally declared the senior most professor of NEHU R P Bajpai as the VC, a day after Rai was appointed on October 4.

"The assembly is shocked by the appointment of a tainted man in the prestigious NEHU and opined that it is not a dumping ground for adjusting discredited Rai as the new VC of NEHU," chairman of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the teaching and non-teaching staff S B Prasad said.


First Published: Thursday, October 07, 2010, 18:13

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