For last more than four months, the highest seat of learning is run by the caretaker as the government has failed to appoint permanent new Vice-chancellor which is hampering administrative work.
In a press statement , SSTA said that “it seems the government has least priority due to lackadaisical approach in appointing the permanent VC for our prestigious farm varsity.”
“We are aware that the search committee is on the job but the selection process has been delayed due to reasons unknown. Despite the passage of over four months there is no progress seen for the selection of a new Vice-Chancellor. It seems that the government may appoint caretaker VC which will not be in the interest of the institution as well as does not work with long term goals,” the statement reads.
“The present caretaker VC is no doubt working hard to fill the vacuum but unable to deliver much due to moratorium leaving a small space for them. Unfortunately the tenure of acting VC will end as he is retiring by the end of this month. Simultaneously posts of Director Research, Director Extension etc. will remain vacant it severely affects the working of SKUAST-K and could bring administrative bedlams for the employees and students and to the institution as a whole,” the statement added.
SKUAST-K employees are also in a dilemma as the government is silent and are acting as mute and indolent observers over the issue for appointment of new Vice-chancellor. If the government believes and considers the university an important constituent of society, then it should immediately put an end to the ambiguity and should appoint a new V.C as earlier as possible.
SSTA realized that it is imperative to highlight the issue and request the Honble LG Sh Manoj Sinha Ji being the Chancellor of SKUAST-K, kindly to intervene in this matter and direct search committee to accelerate the process for the appointment of the new Vice-chancellor as soon as possible for the smooth functioning of university.
SSTA hopes that the authorities will come up with the expectations of SKUAST-K employees by preferring the candidates belonging to the state while appointing new Vice-chancellor for the university having academic excellence and administrative experience.
We are hopeful that authorities will act in the right direction and decide the future of this apex institution.