A vice-chancellor (VC) of Delhi University (DU) has a term of 5 years. The current VC’s term expires on March 10, 2021. The procedure of searching for a new VC usually starts 6 months before the expiration date of the current year’s VC. This year, however, the procedure was delayed. Pertaining to this delay, the Union Ministry of Education is expected to extend the tenure of the current acting VC, P.C. Joshi.
The current VC of DU is actually, Yogesh Kumar Tyagi who was appointed in March 2016. He was appointed for 5 years. However, in October 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind suspended Tyagi on the recommendation of the Ministry of Education.
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As per the information received from the ministry of education, 100 plus academicians and professors have applied for the post of DU’s VC so far. The VC will be appointed based upon the recommendations of a committee set up under the guidelines of the University of Delhi Act-1922.
The responsibility of the search committee is to scrutinize the 100s of applications received for the post. After checking them, the committee shortlists and selects 3 names. These 3 names are then presented to the Ministry of Education. The ministry then forwards them to the President of India who appoints 1 person out of the 3 to the post of VC.
Hansraj Suman, a former member of Delhi University Academic Council and in-charge of DTA, said- “There is no activity of any kind in the Ministry for the appointment of the new Vice-Chancellor. The process of screening and scrutiny of application forms is also not completed yet.”
He also said that it is not possible to make the appointment so soon. Just like Vice-Chancellors of other central universities, Professor P.C. Joshi can also get an extension.
Just as Professor Tyagi’s tenure as DU’s VC is about to expire, he has written a letter to the president. He says- “The ongoing investigation against him for negligence in duty is against the rules. Therefore, his suspension should be cancelled immediately and reinstated.”