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VC appointment: Visva Bharati awaits announcement from Centre

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Press Trust of India Santiniketan (West Bengal)
The Visva Bharati University is yet to hear from the Centre on who will head the institution even as the officiating Vice Chancellor (VC) retired from his post on Saturday.

Registrar Amit Hazra told PTI that the university is awaiting an announcement from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on the issue but there has been no communication from the MHRD till now.

The Visva Bharati University became headless after officiating VC Swapan Kumar Dutta retired on Saturday, which was his last working day.

Hazra, however, said that the functioning of the university remained unaffected today.

"Normal academic and administrative work of the university was in no way affected due to the developments. None is discharging responsibilities at the VC's office now and we are expecting a decision from the MHRD."

Sudipta Bhattacharya, president of Visva Bharati University Faculty Asociation (VBUFA) said, "We went to the Registrar's office to submit a memorandum demanding all the necessary formalities be completed so that the seniormost director may take charge as Vice-Chancellor as per university act."

Dutta had first been appointed as Pro VC on January 31, 2015 and since February 2016 had been working as the officiating VC after the earlier full-time VC was removed from the post by the then President of India Pranab Mukherjee.

Descendant of Rabindranath Tagore's family Supriyo Tagore said, "It is very unfortunate that the central government is not quick enough to appoint a permanent VC for Visva Bharati.

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First Published: Jan 29 2018 | 6:20 PM IST

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