Bihar Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar has called a meeting of vice chancellors of all state universities on April 3 at the Raj Bhawan to discuss the road map for higher education and find a way for its improvement, officials in his officer said.
This will the first meeting of VCs with the Governor, who is the Chancellor of the state universities.
Arlekar had earlier said he would seek a timebound action plan from the VCs to deal with the vexed issues of derailed academic sessions and exam calendar and restoring academic atmosphere in the campus.
In another development, the Chancellor vested financial powers with the acting registrars in eight state universities so that normal working is not affected.
“The Chancellor has vested the financial powers in the acting registrars to discharge the work pertaining to withdrawal against 2022-23 budgetary allocation and salary/pension, after due consideration,” said the letter from Robert L Chongthu, principal secretary to the Governor, to the vice chancellors of the eight universities issued earlier this week.
The move was necessitated due to the start of the new financial year, when the universities will receive budgetary allocation for payment of salary, pension and other requirements. Salary payment gets affected in most universities, except those having some financial resources, at the start of the new fiscal.
The universities are Patna University, Kameshwar Singh Darbhanga Sanskrit University, Veer skier Singh University (Ara), Munger University, Pataliputra University (Patna), Magadh University (Bodh Gaya), Maulana Mazharul Haq Arabic and Persian University (Patna) and Jai Prakash University (Chapra).
Soon after assuming charge as Governor, Arlekar had created a flutter by restraining functioning of all the registrars appointed or shifted by his predecessor in Bihar and incumbent Meghalaya Governor Phagu Chouhan after the notification was issued by the Rashtrapati Bhawan about the appointment of Governors.
However, a final decision on the matter is still awaited.
“The Chancellor should end the uncertainty at the earliest. Either they should be asked to go back to their respective colleges, where there is acute shortage of teachers, or asked to continue. Ad hoc arrangements and deferred decisions have already done enough harm to universities over the years,” said KB Sinha, the working president of the federation of working teachers’ association of Bihar (FUTAB).