Let universities choose their vice-chancellor

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The Asian Age | | Faizan Mustafa |

“We need good leaders to lead the universities and it really doesn’t matter from which field… If Oxford University can appoint John Hood, a businessman, as its vice-chancellor, why should Indian universities restrict their choice to only academicians?”

Under the new regulations of the University Grants Commission, even Albert Einstein cannot become a vice-chancellor of an Indian university. These days, vice-chancellors — the heads of the universities and the most visible symbol of the university system — are appointed not because they are distinguished academicians and reputed scholars, but because of their political connections in the ministry of human resources and development or appropriate political or caste affiliation. Also, in many cases, they are alleged to have paid huge amounts of money. In some states, rates vary from Rs 20-50 lakh.

Not surprisingly, expediency rather than merit decides the…

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