<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Vice-Chancellor of Banaras Hindu University DP Singh, who is currently the chairman of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), is in the race to become the next University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman, sources in the government said. The appointment has been due since April.According to sources in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, five names, including that of DP Singh, were sent to the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) last week. Other names include ADN Bajpayee, who was removed from the post of Vice-Chancellor of Himachal Pradesh University over corruption charges and BA Chopade, current Vice-Chancellor of Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University. Sources said the chances of DP Singh being selected by the ACC are high. Once the ACC, which has the Prime Minister and Home Minister as members, decides on a name, appointment will be made official. Singh was the VC of BHU from 2008 to 2011, he was also a part of a number of UGC committees on various issues as well as a governing body member of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). He also happens to be a classmate of RSS leader Krishna Gopal.Yoga therapist HR Nagendra-led search-cum-selection committee (SCSC) had shortlisted 10 candidates for the post in May, which was then forwarded to the HRD ministry. Girish Chandra Tripathi, who recently demitted office as BHU VC, was also among those selected by the panel. However, after the recent controversy, his name was not considered further.Ved Prakash retired as UGC chairman on April 3 and the process of selection of the new chairman has been going on since then. The appointment assumes significance in the light of the latest policies of the ministry of giving more autonomy to colleges and restructuring the council.
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