In Visakhapatnam, APSCHE has given a sudden surprise in its recent notification about the appointment of Vice-Chancellors (V-Cs) for four state universities. It has asked ambitions V-C candidates to pay Rs 1,000 as a processing fee along with their applications.
The council has introduced the processing fee system for the first time, which was dissatisfied by several professors. APSCHE has also made it clear that applications without the processing fee of Rs 1,000 will be set aside without further notice.
Although Rs 1,000 fee is a very small amount for professors, several of them say the processing fee may cheapen the value of the constitutional post, which is usually given to a person of the highest level of competence, integrity, and commitment.
Moreover, applicants cannot send a single application for all universities.
Candidates have to pay a fee with the application for each university. APSCHE recently released a notification to fill V-C posts in universities of Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswavidyalayam, Tirupati; Dravidian University, Kuppam; Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati; Adikavi Nannayya University, Rajamahendravaram.
“It looks as if we are appearing for a competitive exam after all these decades. It is better if APSCHE cancels the fee condition.” said by an AU professor and V-C aspirant of Adikavi Nannayya University. APSCHE has also asked applicants to have several certificates signed by Registrar of the university.
A former V-C of a state university said V-C selection has come a long way from senate members choosing the candidates to a search committees picking them after issuing a public notification. An APSCHE source said that 150 professors have been applying for V-C post of each university this call may have been to discourage non-serious candidates.