2 days to apply for MU VC’s post, selection panel under cloud

MUMBAI: Two days earlier than the closing date to apply for Mumbai University’s vice-chancellor’s submit, the appointment of the quest committee that will choose a candidate is underneath a cloud. The SC, whilst hearing an application challenging the charter of the committee, on Monday, mentioned the VC’s appointment will probably be matter to the result of the case. Candidates had to apply to the committee by means of February 14.
The petitioner, A D Sawant, a former MU pro-vice-chancellor, mentioned the committee’s charter is in opposite to the UGC regulations. He mentioned the committee is prone to be quashed or a keep be granted at the process initiated by means of it. The SC has no longer stayed the process.

Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, chancellor of state universities, appointed eminent scientist and former ISRO chief Ok Kasturirangan as chairman of the committee in October ultimate yr after former VC Sanjay Deshmukh was once asked to step down from the VC’s submit. The state appointed Cidco vice-chairman Bhushan Gagrani as their nominee, whilst Shyam Lal Soni, director of NIT Uttarakhand, was once Mumbai University’s nominee.


In his application in an already pending particular leave petition of 2013 filed all the way through former vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar’s tenure, Sawant, claimed that Kasturirangan, regardless of being an eminent scientist, isn't from the ‘sphere of higher training’, has ‘no longer labored in the university instructional machine’, and has ‘no exposure to better training techniques in India or in a foreign country’ as prescribed by means of the UGC, mentioned Sawant’s suggest Dilip Taur. The same was once mentioned about Gagrani, an IAS officer in the administrative box and subsequently, described as missing ‘instructional excellence’. Taur added that not one of the individuals have been fit to evaluate the eligibility and qualifications of the applicants.


Sawant informed TOI:, “The state follows UGC norms whilst appointing professors and assistant professors; why are they selective in the VC’s appointment process. The ultimate VC (Deshmukh) appointed by means of the quest committee had to be asked to step down for mismanagement. In the past too, retired judges have been appointed at the committee, who weren't associated with the field of academics.”


But whether or not the present search committee will probably be dissolved to make method for brand spanking new individuals can’t be mentioned. In the past, a search panel underneath the chairmanship of Professor Andre Beteille from Delhi University was once dissolved by means of the governor as problems at the constitutional validity of the panel arose. Later, a new committee appointed Welukar, whose appointment was once questioned all over his tenure. “If the government goes forward with the present committee, the appointment will proceed to be underneath a cloud till the pendency of the case,” mentioned an MU professional.


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