The MadhyaPradesh high court on Monday issued notices to Ram Naresh Yadav, chancellor of state universities; RD Musalgaonkar, DAVV registrar and others in connection with a writ petition challenging the election of retired district judge Gulab Sharma by Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV)’s executive council as its nominee for vice-chancellor search panel.
Notices have also been issued to Prof PK Gupta, director, Institute of Management Studies; Prof Ganesh Kawadia, head of the department, School of Economics and Gulab Sharma.
The petition was filed by Ajay Chordia, a former executive council member of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya on Friday alleging that the election process by the DAVV council was flawed.
Petitioner’s advocate Manohar Dalal said that division bench of Justices Satish Sharma and Alok Verma issued notices in this connection. The next hearing in this matter would be held on January 15, 2016.
Dalal said executive council members Prof Gupta and Prof Kawadia, who had applied for the post of vice-chancellor at DAVV, took part in the voting conducted for electing EC nominee for the VC search panel on November 26. “Technically, they should have opted out of the voting process. As they participated in the process, it got flawed,” Dalal said.
Chordia was also among persons whose names were proposed by the panel. A total of 11 executive council members, including acting vice-chancellor Prof Ashutosh Mishra, were present at the meeting, but Prof Mishra opted out of the process as he had applied for the post.
Later, 10 executive council members, including Prof Gupta and Prof Kawadia, participated in the voting procedure. Chordia and Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya vice chancellor Raghvendra P Tiwari had got two votes each, while Sharma received six votes and was elected as EC nominee for the search panel.
On December 17, Ram Naresh Yadav constituted a three-member V-C search panel for recommending candidates for appointment as vice-chancellor at DAVV.
How V-C search panel functions
It is a three-member panel which includes Dr A Laxminath, vice chancellor, Chanakya National Law University, Patna as its chairman (Raj Bhawan nominee), retired district judge Gulab Sharma (DAVV EC nominee) and Prof H Devaraj, vice chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC nominee), who will recommend names of probable candidates for the post of V-C
Panel would have to shortlist and recommend names of the candidates within permitted time limit
If the panel does not recommend candidates within stipulated time period, a maximum time of four weeks may be extended by the chancellor. Following the recommendation, the chancellor would finalise one name for the VC post.
How it happened
SEP 22: Former vice-chancellor Dhirendra Pal Singh elected as NAAC director and nominee for V-C search panel
OCT 26: DP Singh withdraws from V-C search panel
OCT 27: DAVV executive council unanimously nominates Prof Ram Pal Singh to the V-C search panel
OCT 28: Prof RP Singh’s tainted background surfacesand he declines joining panel citing academic and administrative work on Nov2.
Nov 26: Retired district judge Gulab Sharma elected as council nominee