Strict no for V-Cs without merit

The first in the lecture series was held at the Banquet Hall of Raj Bhavan on Friday. The lecture “India in transition” was delivered by former governor of Uttar Pradesh T V Rajeswar.

Governor H R Bhardwaj said he had decided to host the lecture series to tap the rich experience from the vast pool of intellectuals in the country. The lectures will also be published.

In his remarks after the maiden lecture, Bhardwaj, who is the chancellor of all universities in the State, said that he will not allow vice-chancellors who lack merit to assume office. “I am fighting for this and will continue to do so,” he said.

‘Appoint senior officers’

Former Governor of Uttar Pradesh T V Rajeswar suggested that the Centre should appoint in states its senior officers to monitor and report back on implementation of major centrally sponsored schemes.

Rajeswar said thousands of crores were being granted by the Centre under various programmes, however, the funds were not being utilised efficiently by some states.
“A officer of the rank of secretary can be appointed to the Centre in each state to monitor the implementation of the scheme. The officer can report directly to the Centre on the lines of the chief electoral officers in states who report directly to the election commission,” he said. He said he had dismissed six V-Cs of various universities in Uttar Pradesh during his tenure as Governor of the State after charges of corruption were proved against them.

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