Search committee for selection of new V-C being constituted
Statesman News Service
Kolkata, 5 December
The Vice Chancellor of Presidency University is unlikely to get an extension, as the state education minister, Mr Bratya Basu, today said that the process of constituting a new search committee for the selection of a new Vice Chancellor has started.
At the sidelines of a programme at the British Deputy High Commission, Mr Basu made it clear that Ms Malabika Sarkar, whose tenure ends on 15 February as the vice-chancellor of Presidency, would not be given another extension.  “Just like in other colleges and universities, a search committee will be constituted for Presidency University to appoint its next vice-chancellor and the process has already started,” Mr Basu added.
Sources said, the state education department has already asked the Governor MK Narayanan to recommend the names of representatives for the post of Presidency Vice-Chancellor. Similarly, it has also asked the Presidency Mentor Group to submit names for the same.
The present Vice-Chancellor, Prof Malabika Sarkar, was given a six months’ extension after the intervention of Mr Narayanan.
It may be noted that Prof Sarkar has already crossed 65 years of age and the third extension is not at all possible now. Her tenure for the second term was completed on 15 August.
On the university’s convocation day, the Governor made it clear that Prof Sarkar will remain the university’s interim V-C till 15 February. However, with the formation of a search committee, the university will get its first permanent vice-chancellor for a tenure of four years.  State government officials added a permanent V-C can be appointed only through a search committee, which can be constituted after the amended Presidency University Bill is placed before the council.