The J&K government on Monday assigned the charge of Vice Chancellor (VC) Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) to VC Kashmir University, Prof Talat Ahmad till further orders.
The decision has been approved by the J&K Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha, who is also the Chancellor of the university after outgoing VC, Prof Mushtaq Sidique completed his five year term on Monday.
In an official communication addressed to the Registrar IUST, Pankaj Kumar Sharma, Special Secretary in the office of J&K LG, has stated that the Chancellor has approved assigning the charge of VC, IUST to Prof Talat Ahmad in addition to his own duties, in terms of Statute 2(5)(vi) of the IUST, till further orders.
As already reported, a four- member search committee has been constituted to draw a panel of candidates for the appointment of new VC for the IUST Awantipora.
Headed by former VC Delhi University, Dinesh Dinesh Singh as nominee of the Chancellor of the University, the other committee members are VC Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Tariq Mansoor, former VC MANUU, Prof Mohammad Miyan and VC Lucknow University, Prof Alok Kumar Rai.
Prof Mushtaq Ahmad Sidique was appointed as the VC IUST on May 12, 2016 for a period of three years.
Later he was given an extension of two more years after the J&K government amended the related clause of the university act.
A resident of Srinagar, Prof Sidique earlier served in Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar for 14 years.