Vice Chancellors of various universities raise question about their ‘little or no role’

New Delhi: Govt. of India had appointed a number of high profile chancellors to central universities 4 months ago. They have raised questions about the ‘little or no role’ they have at universities. Most of them are quite worried because they have not been given the power to interfere in the work of the university. Worried over the situation several chancellors have sent letters to human resource development (HRD) ministry, some have sent their grievance to Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Sending a letter to HRD minister Prakash Javadekar personally they sought to find out whether they have any role or power at all as chancellors. The concerned raised by the chancellors have compelled the HRD ministry to examine the Chancellor’s role. Expansion of the chancellor’s role would require amendments to each university’s Act.

As a university In India is incorporated through a central, state, or provincial Act, and it requires recognition of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in accordance with the UGC Act. According to sources, the government is now exploring the possibility of clarifying on the chancellor’s role and a limited expansion of his remit through an executive order.

It must be noted that Maulana Azad National Urdu University is the most affected by the issue. Since BJP government has appointed Feroz Bakht as the vice chancellor of the university, he has been making allegations against the vice-chancellor, while he has no power because the government has not yet set the roles.

According to Inquilab Feroz Bakht has told that he will hold a press conference on 18th in Hyderabad and will expose Vice Chancellor and Pro- Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University. He alleged that students, especially girl students and teachers are harassed in the university and funds are misused.