Pramod Kumar Jain nominated for VC search committee by Mumbai University councils

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Updated on Apr 19, 2022 09:36 IST

Suhas Pednekar, the current VC of the university, is all set to retire before the completion of a five-year term as he will turn 65 years old. Pednekar was appointed as the VC in April 2018 and thus his term was supposed to end in April 2023.

Pramod Kumar Jain nominated for VC search committee by Mumbai University councils

Pramod Kumar Jain nominated for VC search committee by Mumbai University councils

The University of Mumbai has announced that during a joint meeting of the academic and management councils of the varsity, Pramod Kumar Jain, has been nominated for the next vice-chancellor post. By the end of the meeting, the councils zeroed in on Pramod Kumar Jain, director of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-BHU), Varanasi, as the first name for the said committee. “The joint meeting was scheduled for this purpose and majority members agreed with the nomination,” said a member of the academic council.

This is been done considering the fact that Suhas Pednekar, the current VC of the university, is all set to retire before the completion of a five-year term as he will turn 65 years old. Pednekar was appointed as the VC in April 2018 and thus his term was supposed to end in April 2023.

As per Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016, a search committee to appoint a new vice-chancellor for a university consists of three members. It will be headed by a member nominated by the chancellor, a second nomination comes from the principal secretary of the higher and technical education department or any officer not below the rank of principal secretary to the government and the third nominee is usually the director or head of an institute or organisation of national repute nominated by the university management and academic councils, as reported by Hindustan Times.

After its selection, the committee will invite applications, shortlist candidates, interview them and suggest five names to the Chancellor, who then will select one for the post of VC. However, an amendment approved by the state government in December 2021 to the existing rule has suggested minimising the role of the chancellor in the selection of a VC for state universities.

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