Leading academicians have started lobbying for top posts in India’s proposed overarching higher education watchdog even before its birth, exposing what some officials and academicians are dubbing a typical scramble for post-retirement slots.
The academicians have applied to the human resource development ministry for membership in the unborn National Commission for Higher Education and Research (NCHER), risking allegations of conflict of interest and pure desperation.
Leading the race is professor Vijay Khole, who was a member of the Yash Pal panel on higher education that proposed the NCHER to end nepotism and inbreeding that plague Indian higher education.
Khole recently ended his tenure as vice-chancellor of the University of Mumbai.
“I am shocked. Khole’s application is a clear case of conflict of interest. This is unfortunate and disgusting,” said a senior academician, who was also on the Yash Pal panel, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
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