OU VC Yadav
HYDERABAD: The Telangana government on Saturday finally appointed vice-chancellors to ten state universities, almost two years after the incumbents demitted office. Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan cleared the names following the recommendations of chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Interestingly, four of the 10 new VCs are associated with Telangana’s oldest university – Osmania University (OU). To start with the government picked up D Ravinder Yadav, who was principal of Osmania University Arts College, as OU V-C, while OU registrar Ch Gopal Reddy has been nominated to Mahatma Gandhi University at Nalgonda.
Another teacher from OU, D Ravinder Gupta, has been sent to Telangana University at Nizamabad. Retired professor from OU Telugu Department, T Kishan Rao, on the other hand, has been chosen to head Potti Sriramulu Telugu University.
The second biggest and third oldest university in the state, Kakatiya University, Warangal will be headed by one of its own faculty members. Professor of sociology, Thatikonda Ramesh, has been chosen as VC. Another major university in Hyderabad JNTUH got a former VC Katta Narsimha Reddy as head. Narsimha Reddy worked as the head of Mahatma Gandhi University in the previous term.
Similarly, Dr B R Ambedkar Open University former VC K Seetharam Rao has been re-nominated for the same post for the second time. He worked as VC between 2016 and 2019.
Nizam College principal Lakshmikanth Rathod has been appointed as VC for Palamuru University at Mahbubnagar, and Telangana Higher Education Council former vice chairman Prof Mallesham has been chosen to head Satavahana University at Karimnagar. Kavitha Daryani has been appointed as VC of JN Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad.
The state government had been facing criticism over the delay in appointing new VCs and continuing with senior IAS officers as in-charges. Even the Telangana high court had pulled up the state government on the delay. Various political parties also complained to the governor, who is the chancellor of the universities, to instruct the state government to appoint VCs.
While most of the VCs demitted their office in the middle of 2019, the government appointed search committees in September that year. No meeting was held for almost one year due to series of elections, model code of conduct and also Covid-19 pandemic.
Sources told TOI that the search committee panels recommended the names a few months ago, but the CM could not take a call due to byelections, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections and MLC polls.
The chief minister’s office (CMO) said the selection process was taken up in tune with the UGC guidelines and recommended names. The delay in appointing new VCs was attributed to the Covid-19 pandemic.