Anna University open to VC candidates from abroad

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Notification issued; search committee gets time till October 15

The Vice-Chancellor search committee of Anna University has written to institutions across the country and abroad seeking applications from interested candidates.

Sunil Paliwal, Higher Education secretary and chairman of the University’s convenor committee who is administering the institution in the absence of a VC said that a notification to this effect had been issued in four newspapers — two each in English and Tamil.

Newspapers with a reach across the country were chosen, he said. Until now the university used to issue notification on its website only. Applications from prospective VC candidates would be accepted until August 21.

“We are not limiting ourselves to the State or the country. The members of the search committee have also started writing to institutions abroad. There are many Tamils who may want to come back and serve the country. We are providing opportunities for them,” Mr. Paliwal said.

The committee has time till October 15 to complete its work by which time, he said, it would come up with a panel of competent candidates. On the qualification for the VC, he said candidates with research experience, not only in engineering and technology but also in basic sciences were also included as the university did research in pure sciences too.

Syllabus revision

In its academic council meeting on July 26, the university expects to get approval for its new syllabus. It has also decided to limit the number of years to complete an undergraduate degree to seven years, as per the UGC guidelines.

“We had candidates taking exams under the 2001 regulation this April-May semester. Last year we set 6,000 question papers. This year we set 1,800 question papers,” said T.V. Geetha, Dean, College of Engineering.

Colleges have been advised to follow the university’s guidelines. The move would mean students are expected to attend 75 working days per semester and 90, including exam days. The guideline would also help students plan their activities in advance, university officials said.

“Affiliating colleges treat students as if they are in school. Their focus is on marks and pass percentage and not skill development. Industries are looking for trained students. Our move will help students take up internship during vacations to build skills,” Mr. Paliwal said.

Colleges that violate the guidelines could be punished by reducing their marks during affiliation process, he cautioned.

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