The University Grants Commission (UGC) has reiterated that 65 years is the upper age limit for a person to be a director of an institute as per Central varsity and UGC guidelines and has asked the Director of GB Pant Social Science Institute (GBPSSI) Prof RC Tripathi, to immediately relinquish the post.
The UGC, sources say, has also asked the Allahabad University (AU) Vice-Chancellor to appoint an officiating director in place of Prof Tripathi who would then look after the day-to-day running of the institute till the appointment of a full-time director or as long as required.
The UGC letter, dated March 28, 2007, has not only been received at the AU but has also been forwarded to the persons concerned, including Prof Tripathi.
The directorship issue of GBPSSI has been a bone of contention between the varsity officials and the GBPSSI Director Prof RC Tripathi since the past two months. AU Registrar Firdous A Wani had sent a letter to the GBPSSI Director requesting him to relinquish his post immediately. The letter dated February 17, 2007 had pointed out that the Director had attained 65 years of age, the upper age limit for a person to hold a post under the Central varsity and UGC norms.
Copies of the letter were also sent to AU Vice-Chancellor Prof Rajen Harshe and theUGC. The present director Prof RC Tripathi, sources insist, completed 65 years on January 25, 2007 and also completed his five-year tenure as director on February 6, 2007.
However, on the other hand, Prof Tripathi’s supporters claim that the GBPSSI is an autonomous institution and associated with the AU for academic affairs only. They maintain that all decisions are taken by the governing body of the institute and this body has already granted a year’s extension to Prof Tripathi on the post.
Therefore, the varsity stand is wrong. On being contacted, AU Vice-Chancellor Prof Rajen Harshe confirmed receiving the letter and said, “I have forwarded a copy of the letter to all the persons concerned.”