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MCNUJC general council extends term of VC Prof Kuthiayala by 4 years

BHOPAL: General Council of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication (MCNUJC) on Thursday extended term of the controversial vice chancellor Prof Kuthiayala by 4 years.

At a meeting of the MCNUJC general council chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan here on Thursday, Council member and president of Press Club of India Justice Markanday Katju praised outstanding works undertaken by the university during last 4 years and put forth a proposal to extend term of Prof Kuthiayala by 4 years. The Council passed the proposal.

On the occasion, members of the council who have completed their term were honoured with shawls and coconuts. Leader of Opposition Satyadev Katare, Higher Education Minister Umashankar Gupta, Public Relations Minister Rajendra Shukla and members of the General Council attended the meeting.

Chief Minister Chouhan said that university’s progress was satisfactory. It has established itself as the best journalism university in Asia. Constant efforts should be undertaken to ensure that the university further improves as per international norms. Extending heartiest greetings of new term to Prof Kuthiayala, the Chief Minister hoped that the university would continue to move in the right direction under his leadership.

He thanked members on completion of council’s 4-year term. He said that state government would provide grant to the university. Apart from the grant, respectable remuneration of superintendents of exam centres of the university, examiners and invigilators will also be fixed after consideration at suitable forum.

The General Council decided that services of guest faculties would be sought on monthly honorarium as per requirement. Rs 30 thousand per month salary will be given to professors fulfilling UGC and AICTE qualifications and Rs 25 thousand per month to non-PhD holders and those who have not cleared the NAT exam. University’s contractual posts were abolished and sanction was granted to regular ones. Under Shrikant Joshi Fellowship, Rs one lakh will be provided by Journalist Welfare Trust and similar amount by the university.

The meeting decided to constitute a committee headed by Public Relations Minister for effective discharge of university-related works. Similarly, it was also decided to constitute a committee to purchase building for Noida campus of the university.