The race for the University Grants Commission (UGC) vice-chairperson's post has begun. Prof Ved Prakash the present acting head of University Grants Commission has thrown in his hat for the post as well as per the sources. The post of UGC chairman has been lying vacant since February 6, 2011.
A three-member search-cum-selection committee, consisting of professors M Ananda Krishnan, SK Joshi and PN Tandon, has been formed to fill the post of vice-chairperson. The HRD ministry had recently posted an advertisement on its website for filling the post. A meeting to shortlist candidates has been scheduled for next week.
â€œWe are yet to scrutinise the applications. Only then will we know if Prakash has applied for the post or not," said an official of the HRD ministry.
Alleging that Prakash's three-year tenure had lapsed on March 3, 2012, and his date of joining (May 8, 2012) had been forged, the Society for Values & Ethics in Education told the PM in a letter that the hushed manner in which the advertisement was posted on the website on April 4 reflected a move to re-appoint him.
"To reduce potential competition for Ved Prakash, the last date for forwarding recommendations has been kept as April 19 - giving others just around seven days. This violates the right to equal opportunity for public positions as well as the guidelines of the department of personnel and training," said Praveen Kumar Januja, president of the society.
[Source: Hindustan Times]