The post of AU VC was being managed by officiating vice-chancellors since the last regular incumbent of the post Prof RL Hangloo who had tendered his resignation mid-tenure on December 31, 2019.
Soon after assuming the charge, Prof Srivastava said that all efforts would be made by her with the support of the AU teachers, officials, staff and students to better the academic environment and promote quality research on the campus of the university as well as that of constituent colleges.
Talking to media soon after assuring charge as the new VC, Prof Srivastava-who called herself as ‘Sangita Allahabadi’—said, “All efforts would be made to restore the lost glory of the institution by bettering its NIRF ranking and improving the academic environment and promoting quality research on the campus of the university as well as that of constituent colleges. To make that happen, filling up of around 1000 vacant positions of both teaching and non-teaching would be her priority, she added.
There are over 550 teaching and around 400 non-teaching positions at AU which are lying vacant.
However, she did mention that this will take another year and a half to finish the task.
The new VC said that bettering the departments by meeting the needs of the department and labs so as to help them function better would also be taken up. This would benefit the students using the labs, she added.
Prof Srivastava said that with an aim to effectively implement provisions of the New Education Policy, she would like to have a number of brainstorming sessions so that the transformation as envisaged in the policy can be attained, especially making under graduate courses of four years duration instead of the existing three years besides paving way for students to opt for both science and arts subjects as part of their studies.
On the issue of student union on the campus, she said that she would take up the call on this issue later. But she added that it is not good that few students are on fast during this time of pandemic.
“On the decision of whether to continue with online teaching or start offline teaching, we would take the decision after consulting higher officials”, said the new VC.
On the fate of the institute of correspondence studies, she said that it has already been decided by the ministry and that decision is final.
Prof Srivastava joined Allahabad University’s home science department in 1989 and was HoD since 2002. She was appointed as the VC of Prof Rajendra Singh (Rajju Bhaiya) University on June 25, 2019 before taking over as AU VC, on Monday. Her tenure as the VC of the state university has witnessed exponential growth of the varsity, foremost being appointing teaching faculty for the first time at the state university and expediting the work of the new building of the university at Naini.