University Grants Commission (UGC) vice-chairman and acting head Ved Prakash is entitled to re-apply for the post, which is in the process of being filled , say UGC officials.
"There can be no restriction on the part of an academician such as our present head of the institution to offer his candidature for the post," said a senior UGC official. A section of the academic opinion had alleged that a bid is being made to to re-appoint him to the post through questionable means, but these charges are rubbished by UGC officials.
Alleging that Prakash's three-year tenure had lapsed on March 3, 2012, and his date of joining (May 8, 2012) had been "forged", the Society for Values and Ethics in Education had complained to the Prime Minister that the advertisement for the post had been made in a hushed manner on the website on April 4 to re-appoint him.
However, UGC officials point out that Ved Prakash, then Vice-Chancellor of NUEPA, had just been given additional charge as UGC vice-chairman in February-end, 2009, and that he had taken the additional charge on March 2, 2009.
It was months later, on May 8, 2009 that the government appointed him UGC vice-chairman for a period of three years and he was relieved from NUEPA the same day to do so. In other words, his three-year term hasn't lapsed yet.
As for the charge that there is a 'bid' to re-appoint him surreptitiously, sources in the Human Resource Development Ministry rubbished them, saying that the re-appointment process is transparent and all prominent higher institutions have been informed about it so that eligible candidates may apply.