Union Minister for Human Resource Development (HRD) Kapil Sibal rejected all the three candidates shortlisted by a search-cum-selection committee for the appointment of Vice-Chancellor in Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
The minister said that the selected candidates are not 'ideal' for the top post. According to sources, many eminent people from prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) were not considered.
The search-cum-selection committee was headed by space scientist K Kasturirangan shortlisted Prof D P Singh, former vice-chancellor of Banaras Hindu University; Prof KK Agarwal, former VC Indraprastha University, Delhi; and Prof Manoj Mishra, VC, Lucknow University.
The matter has now been referred to the President of India, who is the Visitor of all central universities. She will recommend the next course of action.
The post of VC at Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has been lying vacant since October 2011, after Rajasekharan Pillai completed his term.
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