Chaos and uncertainty is prevailing over the Central University of Kashmir with the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) keeping the appointment of varsity’s Vice Chancellor in limbo since May 2, 2014.
President of India is the Visitor of all Central Universities and MHRD provides secretariat service for appointment of Vice-Chancellor, Visitor’s nominee on the Executive Committees, Courts, Selection Committees by the Visitor and also examines each matter that comes up for Visitor’s consideration and orders.
The Central University of Kashmir (formerly known as the Central University of Jammu and Kashmir) was established in March 2009 under the Central Universities Act 2009. The University offers MBA, M. Sc. I.T. and M. A. English courses, which commenced from the Transit Campus from August 25, 2010.
According to the reports received by KNS, Professor Abdul Wahid Qureshi retired as the VC CUK in February this year. Sources said that names of three aspirants were later proposed for the post of the VC and the file was sent to Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) for further action. MHRD had to send the file to the president for the final nod but so far reports informed that the file is gathering dust at MHRD office- affecting the functioning of the CUK here at large.
The three names that were selected as the aspirants for the post of the vice chancellor at central university of Kashmir include Prof Mohammad Amin Sofi, Prof Khurshid Andrabi, and Prof Mehraj-Ud-din.
Sources said that since the names were recommended to MHRD but no action has so far been taken over the appointment of any person for the prestigious post- making the smooth functioning of this knowledge hub tougher.
The reports further informed that Central universities which would have a new vice-chancellor are: Jharkhand, Bihar, Odisha, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan and Srinagar.