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We want a tribal VC, says NSF
Published on 4 Jul. 2011 12:52 AM IST
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The search committee for selection of new Vice Chancellor (VC) for Nagaland University (NU) arrived Lumami on July 2.
The team comprised of Prof. Mrinmal Mir (retd. vice chancellor of NEHU& member, UGC), as the convener, Prof K.M. Bujarbarauah (VC, Assam Agricultural University), Jorhat and Dr. Darlando T. Khathing, (vice chancellor of Central University of Jharkhand) and Ramji Pandey, under secretary MHRD.
Referring to the present scenario at the University, Limameren, president PGSU Lumami campus felt student’s opinion were always censored by the VC and as a result hampered the progression of the University.
The collective leaders of the three NU campuses (Lumami-Kohima-Meriema) also echoed that they desired for someone with impeccable integrity, a good academician and a good administrator.
While talking to the members of Naga Mothers Association (NMA) who were also present at the campus, they (NMA) revealed that their top most priority was for the future of the Naga students studying in NU.
NMA members informed that for the first time in history, NGOs were invited to take part in the meeting and lauded the selection team for being receptive to the sentiments of the Naga people.
Naga Student’s Federation (NSF) delegates while talking to this correspondent at NU Lumami campus said they desired for a tribal VC from the north eastern region who is familiar with the sentiments of the Naga people leaving aside all the issues pertaining to NU.
While elucidating that the Federation was not underestimating people from mainland India, they believed there would not be communication gap between the VC and the people if he/she is from the north east.
Spokesperson of Landowner’s Forum and MLA Kheto, who represents 31 Akuluto A/C, said he would like the new VC to be someone who can identify the sentiments of the Nagas and somebody who can impart quality education to the people.
The search committee members looking at the present scenario came to a conclusion that the present VC “has not made any progress in the University as expected”.
They said the meeting with all the NGOs and student leaders contained useful suggestions and even took note of the problems pertaining to the University which will undergo further deliberations once they get together in Delhi.
Admitting they do not have the authority to choose the next VC, the committee members however said their job was to investigate, analyze and suggest 3 candidates to the visitor of the University i.e. President of India, who will ultimately select the next VC. It may be mentioned that the tenure of the incumbent Vice Chancellor of Nagaland University, Prof Kannan will end in August 2011.
It was the first time in the history of Nagaland University that a research and selection committee has come physically to access and meet Naga organizations and student leaders to deliberate and take stock of the issues troubling the University.

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