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Shimla Dec 23.
The Vice-Chancellors (VCs) of six private universities in Himachal Pradesh have been asked to resign, as their appeal was rejected after personal hearing before the panel of HP Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission (HPPEIRC). These Vice-Chancellors were found ineligible to hold the posts. In all 10 VCs of the private universities were found ineligible to get the position and were asked to resign or the universities’ were asked to take appropriate action on the matter.
All these ineligible declared seven Vice-Chancellors of the pvt universities were given personal hearing before the Committee and the Committee discussed one-on-one with them seven vice chancellors. The appealnor representations of the five VCs of the APG Shimla University, MM University, ICFAI University, Chitkara University, Indus International University and Arni University were rejected and their inelligibility were maintained. The commission has issued instructions to the respective chancellors to remove the six vice-chancellors from their posts and send report to the Commission with in 10 days.
Major General (Rtd) Atul Kaushik, the Chairman of the Commission is stated to have accepted the recommendations of the Committee.
The VC of Eternal University has been given relief after hearing and eill be retained as his contention to be eligible was Vice-Chancellor was accepted.
The Commission has sought a report from the Chancellors on the action taken in this regard within ten days. If the Chancellors do not remove these Vice-Chancellors with in stipulated time, the Commission itself will take further action in this matter.
According to Regulatory Commission Chairman Major General Retired Atul Kaushik, this action has not been taken against any particular university or individual. The panel was set up to asked to study the eligibility of teaching staff, beginning with the VCs, for strengthening of private universities and to provide qualitaty higher education to the students. He instructed the Chancellors of all private universities that the new appointments should be done as per UGC rules. The six ineligible Vice-Cancellors came under the scanner of the Committee of the Commission as they were not holding PhD degrees at the time when they were appointed as Professors.
Baddi University, Bahra and Shoolini Universities have changed their VCs before the hearing. However, in the case of Shoolini University, the proposal to appoint Atul Khosla, Pro Vice-Chancellor as Vice- Chancellor can not be considered as his appointment as Professor was objected to by the UGC Commitee few years ago.
The UGC has made provision to appoint a vice-chancellor only if he is under 70 years of age, experience of serving at least ten years as professor and PhD.
Three Vice Chancellors have resigned from the posts – Chancellors of the Universities of Shoolini, Bahara and Baddi have resigned their posts in the past. The Vice Chancellors of Baddi and Shulini University were older, while the Vice Chancellors of Bahra University did not have minimum educational qualifications.


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