Commissioner Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Shaleen Kabra, has been told to operate as Acting Vice Chancellor of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (SKUAST), Jammu in addition to his existing functions till the time of appointment of new incumbent.
Former Vice-Chancellor, Dr. B. Mishra handed over the charge to Kabra yesterday after the State Government issued directions in this regard.
Earlier, the State Government has constituted a Search Committee to find a suitable candidate to replace the Dr. Mishra. The Committee is being headed by Dr. Mangla Rai, former Secretary Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) and former Director General of Indian Council of Agriculture and Research (ICAR).
Other members of the Committee are Dr S Ayyappan, present DG ICAR; Chief Secretary Madhav Lal and University Grants Council (UGC) Chairman.
Official sources stated that the Committee held meetings to discuss various nominations received so far but failed to arrive at some conclusion. The process of selection is still on and it is likely to take some more time.
Tomorrow, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Shaleen Kabra will hold series of interactions. He shall be visiting the Farm Seed Production Centre at Chakroi and the Veterinary College at R S Pura. Subsequently, he has called a meeting of senior officials of the SKAUST including Dean and Directors.