With the appointment of Dr. M K Surappa as the new Vice-chancellor of Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu has created a rage among the political leaders, criticising the Governor for being biased in selecting a person from Karnataka and also questioned the Raj Bhavan whether no eminent or suitable person is found in Tamil Nadu for the post of VC.
The Governor of Tamil Nadu Banwarilal Purohit, who is the Chancellor of State universities, has said that the selection of the Vice-Chancellor for Anna University was done without violating any norms laid down by the Higher Education (K-2) Government Order 187 of July 14, 2017 and also added that Search Committee followed the rules, which made “no distinction based on place/State or origin”.
In a four-page press release, the Governor’s office said Mr. Purohit had appointed V-Cs to five universities, including Anna University, following the prescribed procedure. The search committee was constituted as per the GO 356 of the Higher Education department of November 30, 2017 and applications were invited by placing advertisements and calling for applications.
The committee, headed by the former Supreme Court judge V.S. Sirpurkar and comprising the university’s Syndicate nominee R. Gnanamoorthy and Government’s nominee N. Sundara Devan, had scrutinised all the applications received and shortlisted nine candidates, who were interviewed on March 31.
From this, three candidates were shortlisted — H. Devaraj, formerly head of the University Grants Commission, who holds a doctorate in biochemistry; M.K. Surappa, a metallurgical engineer by qualification, heading IIT – Roorkee; and S. Ponnusamy, a doctorate in mathematics.