J&K UT administration has largely improved functioning of most of the government departments but, unfortunately, government universities remain as inefficient as they used to be earlier. Five of these universities don’t even have a Vice-Chancellor for last few months.
This delay in new Vice Chancellors appointment has caused halting of many developments work like the appointment of new teaching and non-teaching staff in these universities. As a result, students have to suffer because of absence of staff. These Universities are Baba Ghulam Shah Bhadshah University (BGSBU), Cluster University of Jammu, Cluster University of Srinagar, Central University of Jammu and Central University of Kashmir.
In Universities of BGSBU, CUJ and CUK, Vice-Chancellors appointment process is already completed but authorities are yet to give final nod and this delaying their formal appointment.
In BGSBU, last vice-chancellor’s retired on October 28. The Lieutenant Governor office constituted a Selection Committee to submit a list of candidates who can be worthy of the position. LG’s office has not shared further details about it. Sources tell that the LG had a conversation with all the shortlisted prospective candidates and it seemed like that he will announce names. It is now more than two months and LG’s office has not notified anything regarding the matter.
In the Central University of Jammu, tenure of VC ended on April 2020. The Search Committee has looked for prospective candidates who can be suitable for the position. They submitted details of candidates but the administration is still to finalize them.
In case of the Central University of Kashmir, VC’s tenure expired in September last year but like other universities, new VS has not been appointed. The Search Committee was constituted for selecting new VC but still, a new VC could not be finalized.
In Cluster University of Jammu and Cluster University of Srinagar, the VC’s were removed from their position.
Sources say that these Universities in the UT without any VC are underperforming because of absence of any administrative figure. Those who are temporarily appointed as in-charge VCs can’t give justice to the position as they are unable to take administrative decisions such as appointing new employees, starting development work in the University or take any crucial decision regarding policies.