Presidency students' union no longer wants Anuradha Lohia as V-C
Kolkata: The Independents' Consolidation (IC) student union at Presidency University wants to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath
Tripathi, the chancellor of the university and urge them not to reappoint Anuradha Lohia as the Vice-Chancellor of the university.
The current term of V-C Lohia is ending on April 30 and a search committee has been constituted for the selection of a new V-C.
"We have source information that she may be appointed as the VC again. She had been at the helm of this institution for four years and there has been hardly any development.
Alumni like Sankha Ghosh, Jawhar Sircar too had expressed their dissatisfaction over the way Presidency has functioned during her tenure," Sayan
Chakravarty of IC said.
The IC members said they had taken the opinion of the students and the majority of them do not want Lohia as the V-C again.
According to sources in the Higher Education department, the search committee that has been formed
comprises Nirmal Ganguly, former director of Indian Council of Medical Research, Ved Prakash, former chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) and V-C of Rabindra Bharati University Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury.
Sources in the university said V-C Lohia is likely to be asked to continue after May 1 since the search will take some time.
It may be mentioned that Lohia was appointed as the first full-term
V-C of Presidency University in 2014 after physicist Sabyasachi Bhattacharya, who was named the VC, wrote to the Governor that he cannot accept the offer.
Lohia's tenure had its share of ups and down. She had to face a series of controversies, including student unrest in the initial years after she took charge.