The Education Cell of the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) has suggested Prof. Sherwin May Sungoh to be the next Vice Chancellor to give a “healing touch” to the deteriorating state of the North Eastern Hill University (NEHU).
The suggestion was made to Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ through a letter today.
Stating that the once shining university has been deteriorating and declining rapidly under Prof. S. K. Srivastava over five years, the student’s body said that it was evident from the ranking of NEHU that slipped from 16 to a lowly position of below 50 in the National Institutional Ranking Framework.
Informing the Union Minister about the many protests and agitations by students, teachers, staff and employees of the university over the incompetence, mismanagement of Prof Srivastava the KSU said, “He also led to a creation of a caucus of a few favored teachers and staffs who enjoy the patronage of the highest office of NEHU creating a negative atmosphere of nepotism and favoritism in the University.”
Therefore, the union said, that the next Vice Chancellor should be a person capable enough of leading and restoring the university academics advancement and creating an ambience which is passive and progressive for its growth.
While suggesting Prof Sungoh as the new VC the KSU said that culture and ethos of the region (Meghalaya) should be one of the key considerations in the selection of the new Vice Chancellor.
“She (Prof Sungoh) is a person with a background in education and 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,” the KSU said, adding, “Since she is a lady and it is natural that as a woman, a mother, an educationist is expected to fulfill the much needed healing touch to the university.”