TAKING A tough stand on administrative reforms in universities, Governor Balram Jakhar on Tuesday filed a caveat in the Madhya Pradesh High Court urging the court to hear his office before issuing any directive on any anticipated petition against the order on restructuring.
The caveat, filed by Jakhar in his capacity as the Chancellor of the State’s universities. comes in anticipation of any petition against the order on administrative reforms and the amendments in and enacting of new statutes under the MP Universities Act, 1973. Employees of the universities, mainly the officers of the State University Services cadre, might go to the court against the changes suggested through the September 1 order of the Raj Bhavan.
Deputy advocate-general of State Sanjay Yadav filed the caveat which said that in order to restructure the administrative set-up of the MP Universities under the MP Universities Act, 1973, the caveateer in the capacity as the Chancellor of universities has issued an order bringing in force from September 5 the amended statutes number 234, 20 and 21 and new statutes 3(A) and 21 (A) under the sections 15 (8)(9), 16 (6), 17(3), 18 and 35 respectively.
It further says that the copies of the order dated September 1 and the details of aforesaid statutes are attached with the caveat petition and goes on to plead, “the caveateer apprehends that the validity of aforesaid order and statutes would be challenged before the court and the caveateer submits that before passing any order of prohibition/injunction, the caveateer may be heard”.
The administrative reforms were to come into force from Tuesday, but the State Government stalled the process, seeking the opinion of Law Department on some of the aspects of the amendments made in the statutes – mainly regarding the transfer of powers of registrar to teachers. The Law Department is yet to give its opinion in the matter, though it is expected very soon.