A LONG-DRAWN controversy was put to rest on Saturday with the executive committee of the Barkatullah University deciding to change the advocate representing the university.
Consequently, Ajay Raizada, who was till now the only advocate on the BU panel was removed and senior counsel Ajay Mishra included in the five-member panel.
The EC also decided to cancel the provision of the monthly retainer of Rs 5000 for the counsels. Now the panel members would be paid fees on case to case basis.
A majority of the EC members have been against the continuation of Raizada as university counsel and have been pressing for his disengagement since the end of his annual contract in July last. The counsel’s role in several of the cases was questioned by the EC members, who maintained that the university had won no cases during his tenure.
The demand for his removal was taken up vociferously during the last meeting of the EC, when the issue of review petition on decision of High Court regarding the announcement of results of 400-odd B Ed students of 2003-04 batch was discussed. During the meeting, the EC members were also informed that the matter of the review petition has been referred to the governor (chancellor’s) office.
B Ed AFFILIATION: Discussing the problem arising out of the state government directive regarding mandatory requirement of government NOC for providing affiliation to the B Ed Colleges vis a vis a Supreme Court decision, the EC decided to seek fresh advice from the government.
The Supreme Court had recently held that the recognition of the National Council of Teachers Education was enough for affiliation.
It was also decided that the colleges that have applied within prescribed last date be provided affiliation as per rule. The issue of fake mark sheets was also discussed and the EC directed that enquiry be conducted into the matter and strict action be initiated against the involved officials/employees.
The meeting was chaired by vice-chancellor Prof R S Sirohi. The registrar Dr Sanjay Tiwari and members including S C Tripathi, J P Dhanopia, Sheela Bheel and Mehrunnisa Pervez were present.