Published On: Mon, Feb 28th, 2011

Maharashtra VC appointments challenged in Bombay High Court

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Sunil Mishra, a faculty of the Central India Institute of Mass Communication, Nagpur, has filed a public interest litigation against the state government of Maharashtra urging the Bombay High Court to analyse the recent vice-chancellors’ appointments in Maharashtra.

Mishra has pointed out that as opposed to the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 guidelines the state government amended the VC selection criteria in 2009. The concept of keeping a  central body  on the selection panel is completely removed.

His petition names the state government, the governor – who is chancellor of all state universities – and all newly-appointed vice-chancellors.

“It is clear that the process of selection for appointment of a vice-chancellor is within the ambit of the University Grants Commission,” he said. Mishra stated that the state’s new rule of selecting VCs “was done in contravention of UGC Act, 1956, by deleting a UGC nominee as per Section 7.4.0 (ii) intentionally and with total disregard to the power of the UGC and act of Parliament”.

He said the selection of vice-chancellors used to be done with great care and circumspection, observed by search committees appointed by chancellors of universities. Later, the post was given to bureaucrats, judges and top-ranking police officers, he said. “This became alarming,” he said.

[Source: Times of India]