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Selection of University of Hyderabad VC in the last lap Selection of University of Hyderabad VC in the last lap

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HYDERABAD: The process of appointment of the new vice-chancellor of University of Hyderabad (UoH) has picked up pace, but it seems the woes of students are nowhere near getting addressed. And it's not just the lack of permanent VC that's hampering development on campus but also lack of funds and sheer negligence.

The search committee, formed by the Centre to select the next head of the premier varsity, submitted three names to the Union ministry of human resource developed (MHRD) recently. The trio - A Apparao and A Raghvendra from the Life Sciences department at UoH, and a senior member from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research - were selected from among the 21 applicants interviewed by the ministry. A total of 190 applications were received initially.

The search committee is required to select five names, from which the VC would be selected by the President. For the other two empty slots, the names of DN Reddy, ex-VC of Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, and CH Mohan Rao, director of Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, are doing the rounds.

The permanent VC for the university is expected to be appointed only by the second week of July. Currently, RP Sharma, professor in the plant sciences department is the in-charge VC after the term of E Haribabu's term came to an end in May this year.

Meanwhile, the varsity students have a list of growing concerns over the declining standards on campus. From poor security to lack of proper and sufficient accommodation, students claim their complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

"Hostels leak during the rainy sea son each year. The problem has cropped up even in the newly built hostels on the south campus. Despite several Despite several complaints, our issues have not been resolved," said Sushil, a sociology student.

With the university getting 1,500 to 1,600 new students every year, students, especially those pursuing their PhD, lament how at least two to three of them are forced to share a room originally meant for single occupancy. "There are hostels which have been under construction since 2011.The authorities have failed to solve the accommodation problem," said a research scholar.

However, those in the know cite a severe financial crunch behind all these issues. "In the 12th plan, the university had sought Rs 500 crore. However, the University Grants Commission sanc mission sanctioned only Rs 166 crore. Lack of funds is the key reason behind lack of facilities and developmental activities on campus," said Vincent K, president of the UoH Students' Union.

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