THE University of Hong Kong has allowed two student representatives to take part in drawing up the criteria and process of selecting the next vice-chancellor. However, the pair - a post-graduate student and a student union member - will not know the names of applicants for the top position. Neither will they have voting rights at the vice-chancellor selection committee, lead by Chief Justice Sir Ti Liang Yang. Sir Ti Liang will guide 11 university staff and the students in deciding the next vice-chancellor by early next year. The ruling was made last night when university council members met to discuss the composition of the selection committee. The university's senate proposed at a meeting last Tuesday that students be allowed to participate in the selection. But the council said it would be against the university's statute if students were allowed full membership to the committee. External affairs director Rupert Chan Kwan-yun said: ''The two representatives will be supplied information about the number of applicants or shortlisted finalists. ''But they will be kept away from further materials: the name, age, or academic background of individual applicants.'' Students last night reluctantly accepted the decision but said they would not give up fighting for full membership. Student Union chairman Sze Yuk-hiu said they were willing to keep sensitive information secret if they were allowed voting rights. Yesterday he led about 20 students in a sit-in outside the council's conference room. The timetable for the committee has not yet been finalised. The present vice-chancellor, Professor Wang Gungwu, announced two months ago that he would retire in the middle of the year, a year before his contract ends.