Nagpur: The countdown for appointment of vice-chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) has begun. On Sunday, eight VC aspirants gave their presentation before the search panel at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Rural Industrialisation (MGIRI),Wardha.
All the candidates claimed to have done well in their presentation. Now the search committee will select five candidates out of the 18 who appeared. The names of the shortlisted candidates will be sent to the Governor”s office.
Who will be these shortlisted candidates has become the talking point in the university circles. The three member search panel, headed by Justice (retired) Vikas Sirpurkar, principal secretary Dr Sanjay Chahande and director of MGIRI, Wardha Dr Prafullkumar Kale conducted the interviews of the 18 candidates on Saturday and Sunday. Ten candidates were interviewed on Saturday and the remaining eight on Sunday.
According to sources, in the interview, the candidates were asked to give presentations on how they will lead the university.
The candidates were also required to describe their earlier job profile and their contribution in the development of their respective institutes. They were also asked to explain their vision of improving the education system of the university.
The candidates interviewed on Sunday were VC of North Maharashtra University of Jalgaon Dr Sudhir Meshram, Dr RC Thool from Nanded, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh of Mumbai University, Dr M N Saraf, Dr N J Gaikwad, Dr D G Wakde, Dr D K Gautam and Dr Ghodke.
The names of the best five candidates of those interviewed will be sent to the Governor”s office by Monday morning, according to sources. These candidates are expected to meet the Governor in a week’s time.
The search committee has kept the selection procedure under wraps. No official information on how many candidates were called and how many appeared for the interview was given.
The post of VC falls in the public domain and so, the selection process should be transparent. The lack of transparency is hinting at politics in the appointment of the VC, alleged academicians who have a fair idea of the NU.