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THE DECISION of the Vice Chancellor to refer the appointment of teaching staff to the Raj Bhawan caused uproar in the Barkatullah University executive council meeting on Saturday.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2006 02:20 IST

THE DECISION of the Vice Chancellor to refer the appointment of teaching staff to the Raj Bhawan caused uproar in the Barkatullah University executive council meeting on Saturday.

EC members were irked that their action was misrepresented to the Chancellor’s office and took on V-C Prof R S Sirohi for referring the matter to Raj Bhawan under Sections 15(7) and 58 of MP Universities Act.

Section 15 (7) provides for referring controversial matters to the Raj Bhawan. The members said that the matter of teachers’ appointment did not see any division of opinion in the EC, nor was it controversial. Section 58 provides that the EC cannot overrule selection made by the committee constituted by the Chancellor. The members said their action did not overrule the decision, just corrected irregularities.

In the November 30 meeting, the EC, based on the report of a fact-finding committee decided to cancel appointments of professor in the genetics department and lecturer in MBA department. They also held invalid appointment of Professor at Physics Department and recommended that the post be offered to candidate waitlisted one. Appointment for RPEG department
was held invalid.

However, the V-C referred the matter to the Raj Bhawan saying the EC cannot overrule decision of selection committee. This enraged EC members who alleged the decision was based on irregularities in the appointments and was taken in interest of the university. EC members have decided to write to the Raj Bhawan on the issue.

Speaking to Hindustan Times, Prof Sirohi refused to comment saying the matter was with the Raj Bhawan and it was the Chancellor’s prerogative to take a decision.

OTHER ISSUES: EC also refused to discuss passage of Rs 32 lakh deficit supplementary budget seeking details of earnings and expenditure of first half of financial year.

It upheld the decision to continue affiliation of 39 B Ed colleges. However, it rejected the application of an Indore college for affiliation saying university rules did not provide for it.