NEW DELHI: The Union human useful resource improvement (HRD) ministry has been sitting on the appointment of vice chancellors to central universities though due choice course of has been accomplished and it was tasked with filling up vacancies in academic establishments as a part of the Centre’s 100-day agenda.

Appointments of vice chancellors to a minimum of 5 central universities have been held up within the ministry, whilst the choice course of was wrapped up months in the past.

As per the outlined course of, a variety committee comprising eminent individuals shortlists candidates for a VC’s publish and submits a panel of three-five names that are to be despatched by the ministry to the Customer (President of India) for approval. In follow, the HRD ministry and minister’s places of work vets the names fastidiously earlier than sending them to the Customer.

ET has learnt that whereas choice committees submitted shortlisted panels of candidates for the highest posts at a number of universities in time, they continue to be beneath scrutiny on the ministry and within the workplace of the HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

A senior official informed ET on situation of anonymity that “due diligence” is being carried out and the appointments can be made quickly. The official didn’t give any particulars of the due diligence required.


The college which has been impacted most is Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal College, which has been with no full-time VC for the reason that then incumbent was sacked in December 2016. The varsity has been headless regardless of Pokhriyal figuring out this appointment as a high precedence when he took over in June. The minister is an alumnus of the college.

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Because the first set of shortlisted candidates had been discovered wanting by Rashtrapati Bhavan in March, a recent panel was sought from the choice committee and despatched to the HRD minister’s workplace on August 6. Practically two months later, the minister has but to offer his go-ahead.

Then there’s the Indira Gandhi Nationwide Tribal College at Amarkantak, which has been headless since January. The panel for a brand new VC has been pending within the minister’s workplace since February 27. Whereas the Modi authorities’s first time period ended and the second appointed a brand new HRD minister, the appointment file continues to be pending on the minister’s workplace.

The Koraput Central College in Odisha has been waitlisted as properly. The choice committee for the brand new VC – this one chaired by the secretary, larger training, R Subrahmanyam – submitted its panel of names to the ministry on June four. This panel has but to get a go-ahead from the ministry.

The Odisha college has been with no VC since March, and central universities of Gujarat and Kerala are additionally with no VC.