E. Balagurusamy, Member (Education), Tamil Nadu State
Planning Commission, has recommended certain criteria to be followed while
appointing Vice-Chancellors. Balagurusamy has made these suggestions to the
Governor and Chancellor K. Rosaiah.
While writing a note to the Governor and Chancellor K. Rosaiah,
Balagurusamy has listed out the criteria sectioned in three categories, namely,
essential attributes, desirable attributes, and expected skills and
“My note enumerates
the requirements that can be used as a framework or guidelines to identify a
potential VC. If these are followed by the search committee, it will put an end
to denigrating the post of a VC, which is happening now because of the lack of
such guidelines. Since the search committee has no yardstick to follow, they
succumb to influences while deciding on a candidate,” notes Balagurusamy.
In his note, Balagurusamy has suggested that a candidate
holding a PhD along with an outstanding academic record with a minimum of 15
years of experience in teaching and research, preferably having held posts of
dean, director or principal of a university or reputed institution, should be
an ideal choice for a VC.
The essential attributes should also include participation
in national and international seminars and conferences, publication of quality
research papers/books, and candidates should have necessarily demonstrated
academic leadership in higher education.
In the desirable attributes, he suggests that the candidate
has the experience of guiding doctoral scholars, working in academic bodies,
managing youth and women development activities, and is also involved in
curriculum development, student assessment and counselling.
He has also recommended that a VC candidate should possess
technical, managerial and leadership skills as expected skills and
But the most important competence expected in the candidate
is his ability to lead by personal example and he should be able to co-ordinate
with government departments and statutory bodies at the State and national
Deliberating on the selection process, he has suggested that
the shortlisted candidates should be made to present before the committee their
suitability and also a tentative plan of action for the university before the
final list of three names is presented to the Governor.
[Source: The Hindu]