In Andhra Pradesh, many state universities are battling with administration issues in absence of a regular vice-chancellor. There are 11 major universities functioning with in charge Vice-Chancellors while another six Vice-Chancellors will complete their office this month leaving about 17 universities without heads.
Apart from these universities, three other universities – Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Horticulture University and Veterinary University are also without Vice-Chancellors.
The absence of Vice-Chancellors has taken a toll on office administration as it is admissions time in all the varsities in the State, “I have to spend at least two full days to complete the pending files of one university and it's quite hectic, more so as I have to deal with my own university issues,” said a Vice-Chancellor. He says hundreds of colleges are affiliated to every university and they have lots of issues with admissions, appointments and problems pertaining to teachers and non-teaching staff.
Andhra Pradesh has in total 30 universities out of which 24 varsities function directly under the A.P. State Council of Higher Education (APSCHE).
Talking about the urgent need to appoint competitive candidates as VCs, a senior official of APSCHE said, “It's time we select some progressive people with strong leadership qualities to put the varsities back on track.”
This month three technological universities – JNTU Hyderabad, JNTU Kakinada and JNTU Anantapur will be without regular VCs when engineering admissions would be in full swing. “Students will have several issues with admissions, hostels and affiliated colleges. You need a regular Vice-Chancellor in such circumstances and administration should ensure that new VCs are appointed immediately,” says a senior teacher of JNTU Hyderabad.
The government has recently issued a notification to fill up the existing vacancies and also the vacancies arising out of VCs completing their terms this month. However, search committees for appointing VCs are yet to be constituted.
[Source: The Hindu]