Dimapur, July 8: The Meghalaya Tribal Teachers’ Association (MeTTA-NEHU) and North Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) have expressed deep concern at the “inordinate and inexplicable” delay in appointment of a suitable selected candidate as new Vice-Chancellor of NEHU, which is in the process for at least last few months back.
In a press release, both the organizations citing media reports stated that the search cum selection committee for appointment of Vice-Chancellor has completed its job since long and the file is stuck at some administrative level without the new incumbent being announced at the right earnest.
They reiterated that in the absence of a new Vice-Chancellor, the progress of the university is practically stalled, as NEHU suffers from serious administrative, academic and financial lapses over last five years that brought down the status and the rank of the University.
The organizations, therefore, demanded immediate appointment of qualified local tribal woman professor as VC of NEHU, without any further delay, in the best interest of the university and the society.
The demand is raised considering the all round positive impact of such an appointment, purely from the academic interest and the interest of future of NEHU, they stated.
They called upon the new Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan to appoint a new VC for NEHU, as the last step at the end of the process of search cum selection.
They further reiterated that NEHU needs a Vice-Chancellor who is familiar with specific ethno-cultural and linguistic background of the state of Meghalaya and the Northeastern region, so that the appropriately qualified candidate is able to correct the course of NEHU, to which it has deviated, leaving the right course of progress and development.
“NEHU needs a qualified Vice-Chancellor from the local community who is grounded in the specific reality of the University and its cultural context so that students coming from myriad ethnic, tribal and non-ethnic background of Northeastern region and other parts of the country can be given due care and attention for the bright future, which requires a direct connect. In all likelihood, any academician coming from outside the region and removed from local cultural context shall not be able to establish the much needed connect with students and the larger academic fraternity,” the release stated.
Keeping in mind the unique matrilineal ethos of Meghalaya and the need for a healing touch to NEHU after nearly six years of not such an uplifting experience, they requested the Union Government and the newly appointed Minister of Education to kindly consider the case of a tribal woman Professor, who figures in the consideration of search cum selection committee so that NEHU gets a VC who can not only lead but can bring in a healing effect to the mismanaged affairs of the University and can take it to the path of progress and all round development.
(Page News Service)