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Central University loses one year in the absence of full time VC

  • A central university created in Bihar by amending a law in Parliament December last year has lost a complete year due to delay in the appointment of a Vice Chancellor.
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  • Though the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2014 was passed by Parliament on December nine and was notified in Gazette of India on December 17, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry did not initiate the process of appointment of VC immediately.
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  • The Cnetral University of North Bihar, which could have started functioning in the 2015-16 academic session, has lost one year.
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  • The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has set up a search-cum-selection panel a month ago under the Central University of South Bihar Vice-Chancellor Prof Harish Chandra Rathore. The committee has met once. It is likely to hold a few more meetings to select candidates for the post.
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  • Once the committee gives its recommendations, the HRD ministry will send the panel to President Pranab Mukherjee for approval. Then the vice-chancellor will be appointed.
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  • When the HRD ministry set up 13 central universities through the Central Universities Act 2009, all the newly created institutions could start their operation in the same year since the vice-chancellors were appointed much before the start of the academic session.
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  • The Central University of North Bihar was created after three years of tussle between the Bihar government and the Union HRD ministry. Under the original bill, Bihar was supposed to get one university. The HRD ministry selected Gaya as the location while chief minister Nitish Kumar insisted on Motihari in East Champaran.
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  • The tussle continued for almost three years and it was settled after the HRD ministry decided to set up two central universities, Central University of South Bihar in Gaya and Central University of North Bihar in Motihari, reported Telegraph.
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