Notification out, 7 universities to have full-time VCs soon

Visakhapatnam: The state government recently issued a notification inviting applications for vice-chancellor positions in seven state universities. The release of the notification has triggered an unprecedented interest among aspirants. The sudden rise in interest is perhaps because the government has decided to fill vice-chancellor posts of seven universities at a time.
The seven universities for which the notification has been issued include Andhra University in Visakhapatnam, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam in Tirupati, Adikavi Nannaya University in Rajamahendravaram, Acharya Nagarjuna University in Guntur, Krishna University in Machilipatnam, Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupati and Yogi Vemana University in Kadapa.
A number of state universities did not have full-time vice-chancellors over the last one year.
The number of applicants for the position of the vice-chancellor of Andhra University (AU), which became the largest varsity in AP post bifurcation, is expected to draw more than a hundred applications. The coveted post is set for a tight competition.
On the whole, the number of applications of the vice-chancellor posts might cross 200. According to sources, a number of professors of AU have had their eye on the vice-chancellor posts of other state universities.
Meanwhile, the state government has constituted search committees so suggest a panel of three names each for every university. The state government will subsequently forward the panel recommended by the search committee to the chancellor (the governor), who shall then appoint the vice-chancellor.
The Andhra Pradesh state council of higher education (APSCHE) has introduced a processing fee of Rs 1,000 for applications to vice-chancellor posts. APSCHE has made it clear that applications without the scrutiny fee would not be considered.
This move however has not gone down well with professors. Some professors are of the opinion that although Rs 1,000 is a paltry sum, the charging of a processing fee degrades the value of the constitutional post, which is usually given to a person with the highest degree of competence.
Professors who had applied for vice-chancellor posts according to earlier notification in some of the universities need not apply again, APSCHE has maintained saying that those applications will be picked up by the search committees by default.

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