NEHU delegation seeks CM’s intervention for appointment of new VC

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A delegation of the Joint Action Committee NEHU (JACNEHU) led by cabinet minister AL Hek on Tuesday sought the intervention of Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma for the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor of the university.

“Along with the JAC NEHU, we met the Chief Minister and discussed about the appointment of a new VC in NEHU. The Chief Minister has taken the initiative and has already spoken to Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal. We hope some good news will happen in our state with the intervention of the Chief Minister,” Hek told reporters on Tuesday.

The minister informed that the meeting also discussed the need to bring in a local indigenous professor as the new VC of the North-Eastern Hill University.

“We insist that since Meghalaya is a matrilineal society, we want a female professor to take over as the VC of NEHU,” he said.

According to Hek, five names have been empanelled for the post of Vice-Chancellor, out of which, Prof Sherwin Sungoh from the Department of Education, NEHU is one of the candidates.

The other candidates shortlisted for the post included Prof Santishree Pandit, Savitribai Phule, Pune University, Dr. Pratibha Shankar Shukla, GB Pan University of Agriculture and Technology Uttarakhand, Prof Sushil Kumar Tomar, Punjab University and Prof Kshiti Bhusan Das, Pro VC, IGNOU Utkal University.

It may be mentioned here that there has been a growing demand to remove the incumbent vice-chancellor Prof SK Srivastava, whose tenure has been extended by the centre last year.