Saturday, July 8, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


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No search panel yet on VCs selection
Tribune News Service

CHANDIGARH, July 7 No search committee has been set up so far for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University even as the present incumbent, Prof M.M. Puri, completes his term on July 22, informed sources said here today.

The Chancellor has not yet revealed his mind on the procedure he would prefer to adopt for the appointment, the sources said.

The Chancellor has three options.

Professor Puri can be given an extension after his term ends. The Chancellor can also set up a search committee after allowing the present Vice-Chancellor to continue till the former receives the committee report.

The Chancellor also has the power to appoint a new Vice-Chancellor without constituting a search panel. The University Calendar clearly states that the Chancellor can appoint the new Vice-Chancellor without specifying the procedure to be followed.

There are also speculations that the Chancellor himself could announce the name without constitution of a search committee. The reason is that the present Chancellor happens to be well acquainted with the academic scenario around., sources said.

The term of Professor Puri has been a mixed one. One cannot deny the developmental work.

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