Shillong, Jul 22: The Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) has written to Union Education Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan to appoint Prof. Sherwin May Sungoh as the next Vice Chancellor of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).
The KSU said that Prof. Sungoh is the only candidate who has been short listed for the post of Vice Chancellor from the University.
The students’ body opined that appointing her as the next Vice-Chancellor is that culture and ethos of the region (Meghalaya) should be one of the key considerations in the selection.
“She is a person with a background in education and being an experienced educationist yourself, you are very much aware of the challenges the next Vice Chancellor is ought to meet,” the union said.
The KSU in the letter to Pradhan said that it is of utmost importance that the local ethos and sentiments be carefully considered considering the adverse situation that has arisen in the past five years during the tenure of the incumbent Prof S. K. Srivastava.
The students’ body said that NEHU is the center of education for the State, thus the educational system in the University should lead to advance educational research in the frontiers of educational science and other fields.
In the letter to the Union Education Minister, the union stated that over the five years as Prof Srivastava has taken charge as the Vice Chancellor of the University, the growth and progress of the University has been deteriorating and declining rapidly which is evident from the fact that the ranking of the University has slipped and fallen from rank of 16 to a lowly position of below 50 in the National Institutional Ranking Framework.
“Over the years there has been many protest and agitations against Prof. S. K. Srivastava from the students, the teachers, the staffs and employees of the University to express their anger and resentment in his incompetence and incapability as a Vice Chancellor to resolve over various matters which has been put forward to him,” the KSU stated.
According to the students’ body, allegations have also been made against him for mismanagement of public resources, misguided policies, and lack of academic conferences which is essential in academics perception.
The KSU also accused Porf. Srivastava of creating of a caucus of a few favored teachers and staffs who enjoy the patronage of the highest office of NEHU thereby creating a negative atmosphere of nepotism and favoritism in the University.