Friday, 1 May 2020

New V-C wants to make Bharathiar University a centre with potential for excellence

New vice-chancellor of Bharathiar University A Ganapathi
A Ganapathi, who assumed charge as the vice-chancellor of Bharathiar University on Thursday, said he wants to make the varsity a centre with potential for excellence (CPE).
“The university had almost made it to the list of universities that were declared as centre for potential with excellence. But, it fell short of certain parameters like faculty structure and research credentials,” said the 64-year-old professor of plant biotechnology.
There are nine universities in India that have been recognised as CPE by the central government. These universities are provided with funding from the University Grants Commission for research activities.
Ganapathi, who has 35 years of teaching and research experience, will meet all the department heads and get an understanding of the faculty structure, academics and research work.
“It is needed that every department follows the faculty structure of at least one professor, two associate professors and three assistant professors. If there is faculty shortage in any department(s), the university will take necessary steps to fill the vacancies,” said the former UGC-BSR emeritus professor at Bharathidasan University.
When TOI asked about the allegations of excess faculty in the university, Ganapathi said, “I am not aware of it. Will enquire with the university syndicate and decide the course of action.”

The new vice-chancellor also said that to manage the staff requirement for the CPE status, he might consider departments of similar disciplines and bring them under the umbrella of a school (departments like botany, zoology etc could be merged and called as school of biological sciences).

“Another important factor for the CPE status is research work published in peer reviewed international journals. The higher the impact factor of the journals, the better it will be for the university,” Ganapathi, who is an expert in soyabean, sugarcane and cucumber research, said.

Besides the CPE status, Ganapathi is also looking forward for the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) visit scheduled on March 21.

When asked about the issues raised by the Bharathiar University Staff Association and the Bharathiar University Teachers Association during the former V-C’s tenure, he said, “I will discuss the issues with the syndicate and other officials of the university and will ensure that necessary action is taken to solve the issue. Also, I assure that no such incident will happen during my tenure as this university’s V-C.”