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GU pro-chancellor move put in cold storage

Panaji: Following the strong disparagement by academicians and educationists, the state government has put in cold storage the proposal on appointing the Chief Minister as pro-chancellor of the Goa University.

Replying to demands of higher education and the GU during the last assembly session, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had announced the decision on appointment of pro-chancellor for the GU.

To give representation to the government on the GU, it had been decided to nominate the Chief Minister as the pro-chancellor of the premier educational institution; a bill in this regard would be tabled during the next session of the state legislative assembly, Sawant had said.

However, the announcement had ruffled the feathers of academicians and educationists. Several former academicians and administrators of the university had termed the proposal as “impractical and odd” idea.

It is pertinent to note here that the original proposal had come from the GU Vice-Chancellor. But the Chief Minister made the announcement without consulting academicians and higher education experts.

Sources opined that there is no need to have the Chief Minister as a Pro-Chancellor of the varsity, adding that after the strong objection from education experts, the Chief Minister has not pursued the proposal further.

State Governor is the Chancellor of the university and the Vice-Chancellor is the actual chief executive of the varsity.

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