Why VC aspirants have to lobby?

7 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The declining quality of education at the tertiary level has become a matter to be given greater importance. The universities have continuously been failing to produce specialised knowledge which they are obliged to. Lack of quality teachers and skilled administrators are mainly to blame for that.

A number of teachers’ involvement in different immoral activities, even in their research paper, has made headlines on several occasions in the recent past, and some of them are even facing punishment for their offences. Being the principal academic and administrative officer of the universities, Vice Chancellors cannot avoid responsibility for this growing tendency among university faculties to resort to immoral activities.

Against this backdrop we came to know from a report of this paper that twelve public universities are going to get new VCs. However, as strange it may sound, aspirants are lobbying hard to get this coveted post. VCs are supposed to be man of principle and the whole thing of lobbing to get something doesn’t go well with their status. It only implies to what extent we have relegated the position of the Vice Chancellor. However, it is futile to blame the aspirants alone because the appointment process itself is at fault of considering loyalty and lobbying to be core competences.

VCs are supposed to do a lot of things for the betterment of their institutions and society. They play the most vital role in academic planning, programme review, curriculum development and faculty hiring, and promotion, taking recommendations from others. Thus they enjoy the leadership power in creating and maintaining academic standards and policies. Besides, they carry out significant ceremonials and civic duties. But in our country, VCs have hardly been playing their role properly in academic development, rather they pass busy time for infrastructural development that benefits them in other ways and other civic duties, especially political ones, refraining themselves from their prime obligations.

The long-cherished culture of appointing a VC based on their political affiliation instead of their academic qualification is at fault for this, which encourages an aspirant to start lobbying for years instead of developing the knowledge faculty required to be a VC. This time also they have already begun trying their best for the secretary-like facilities. But everyone now knows the consequence of such appointments that none of our universities secure a spot among the top 1000 universities in the World University Rankings-2020. So the authorities concerned should appoint the best qualified persons in one of the most respectful and important positions in the education sector, taking the true qualification into account to attain the actual purpose of education and the tertiary educational institutions.