JAMMU, Apr 13: Non-Teaching Employees Association of SKUAST-Jammu has appealed the Governor Satya Pal Malik for appointing a local Vice Chancellor in their university, which has not seen any of its Scientist being considered for the top post since its establishment in 1999.
In a statement, issued by the Association senior vice-president Kamaldeep Singh, the university has always been thrust with Vice Chancellors from the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and especially those who are at the verge of retirement, thus rewarding them with re-employment.
Citing the example of the agricultural universities of neighbouring States, he said that these States have always nurtured the talent of the scientist working in these universities who rose to become Vice Chancellors. “It is unfortunate that none of the Directors, Deans or senior Professors have ever been considered for this coveted post by the State Government,” he added.
Pertinent to mention that the Search Committee for short listing the applicants of Vice Chancellor SKUAST Jammu is learnt to have submitted panel of names to the Governor’s office and there are speculations that most of those empanelled are from the ICAR and at the verge of their retirement.
The Non Teaching Association has stressed that if anyone scientist/ academician working at SKUAST of Jammu is given a chance to head this university, it will go a long way in contributing to the research and development of the university in particular and for the Jammu region in general.
“A local Vice Chancellor from the ranks of the university, will be well versed with the area and its problems and therefore prove to be more suitable for the post,” the Association said.