The Search Committee, that has been constituted to shortlist aspirants for the Bharathiar University Vice-Chancellors post and recommend names to the Governor-Chancellor, functions on the basis of the prescribed guidelines, and there is no ranking system or awarding of marks, a communiqu from the office of the Governor-Chancellor has said, in response to a news item that appeared in The Hindu on October 12.
In addition to the minimum qualification prescribed by the State, the guidelines provide for the various steps the Search Committee has to take in the selection process. The Search Committee, after studying the applications, will shortlist no fewer than six names and no more than 10, subject to fulfilment of essential qualifications and experience criteria.
After an interaction with the candidates, the Search Committee will prepare a panel of three names that fulfil all essential qualifications and experience criteria, along with a brief write-up on their suitability for the post, and submit it to the office of the Governor-Chancellor, the communiqu said. Therefore, the Search Committee has to strictly adhere to the qualifications prescribed in the Bharathiar University Act, 1981 and the amendments thereto.
The communiqu further stated that the guidelines have been in practice since 2018, after the present Governor-Chancellor assumed office in October 2017.
The guidelines were strictly followed for the selection of Vice-Chancellors for 16 universities, for which the Governor-Chancellor had appointed candidates purely on merit.
However, neither the Governor-Chancellor nor his office had made any recommendation or given any guidance or suggestion, it said, and added that the Governor-Chancellor had informed the Search Committee that it should shortlist candidates and select the top three in a transparent manner, strictly on merit and in adherence to the rules.
The comment attributed to a member of the Search Committee that it had formulated a ranking system for shortlisting candidates based on suggestions from the office of the Governor-Chancellor was baseless and without truth, the communiqu said.