On Thursday, A Ganapathi took the charge as the
vice-chancellor of Bharathiar University. He said that he wants to turn the
university into a centre with potential for excellence (CPE).
A Ganapathi is a 64-year-old professor of plant
biotechnology who said that the university almost made it but fell short of
certain parameters like faculty structure and research credentials.
Central government has recognized nine universities in India
as CPE. These universities are provided with funding from the University Grants
Commission for research activities.
Ganapathi is an experienced person and will achieve the
above objective by meeting all the department heads and get an understanding of
the faculty structure, academics and research work. He has 35 years of teaching
and research experience.
The former UGC-BSR
emeritus professor at Bharathidasan University said that every department needs
to follow the faculty structure of at least one professor, two associate
professors and three assistant professors. If there is faculty shortage in any
department(s), the university will take necessary steps to fill the vacancies.
Ganapathi said that he is not aware about the allegations of
excess faculty in the university and will enquire about it.
To combat the above issue, he said that departments of
similar nature could be merged under a school like botany; zoology etc could be
merged and called as school of biological sciences.
Ganapathi also emphasized
that publishing of research work in peer reviewed international journals is
also an important factor. It will be better for the university. He is also
looking forward for the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
visit scheduled on March 21.
He also added that he will look into the issues raised by
the Bharathiar University Staff Association and the Bharathiar University
Teachers Association during the former V-C's tenure. He will discuss them with
the syndicate and other officials of the university and will ensure that
necessary action is taken to solve the issue.