Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, is to be replaced by a right wing personae from the field science or IT. The search committee which appoints the Delhi University Vice Chancellor has shortlisted about 10 candidates for the post, all of whom are known to have affiliations with the Rashtriya Swayasevak Sangh or Sangh parivar.
The front-runners in the race include Banaras Hindu University (BHU) Vice Chancellor GC Tripathi, professor Yogesh Singh currently the director at Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), professor Susham Yadav, pro Vice Chancellor at Indira Gandhi National Open University and professor Girishwar Misra of Delhi University.
Tripathi who openly speaks about his ideological affiliations was chosen from Allahabad University to head BHU. He took over as BHU VC in December last year. Tripathi’s affinity with the ministry and the government is also evident from the fact that HRD ministry cleared his name for the post of Chairman of BHU-IIT after setting aside the recommendations of the IIT Board of Directors.
Professor Yogesh Singh of NSIT, who is from the department of computer science has held several important positions in the Gujarat government. He has previously served as VC of Maharaja Sayajirao University of
Baroda. Singh also holds the position of independent director of Gujarat State Petronet Limited and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Limited. He is known to enjoy close proximity with PM Narendra
Modi and the Gujarat government. Singh also happens to be the youngest candidate in the race.
Girishwar Misra, current VC of Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, Wardha,, who has also served as a professor of psychology in Delhi University and has held office at ICSSR, is also in the race of the DU vice chancellorship.
Others aspiring for the post include Sushma Yadav of IGNOU and professor CS Dubey of the geology department of Delhi University. “Dubey was also in the race for vice chancellorship of Rajasthan University. But could not make it then,” informed a senior functionary of the HRD ministry.
Sources also informed that Professor Amitabh Mattoo, who is currently serving as the advisor to the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and has also served as VC of Jammu University, could also be on the list.
The search committee headed by UGC chairman Ved Prakash had received 280 recommendations for the post. “From these 30 were shortlisted in the first round and then a final list of 10 names was prepared,” said
a source. The committee will be holding an interview on December 13 to finalise three names to be submitted to the ministry. The ministry then sends the recommendations to the President of India for the finalisation of one name. President, who is the Visitor of the central universities, gives the final approval.