In an unprecedented move, the senate members of the University of Mumbai on Thursday passed a resolution against the functioning of the former vice-chancellor (VC) Vijay Khole.
This is the first time in the history of the university that the senate has passed a resolution questioning the tenure of a former VC.
“The acts of commission by Khole have brought disrepute to the university. Several members express strong sentiments against these actions which have undermined the democratic functioning of the university,” the resolution alleged.
The acting VC, Chandra Krishnamurthy, will send a letter of dissent to the governor and chancellor of universities in the state, K. Sankaranarayanan, who will decide on the next course of action.
Members have also alleged misappropriation of funds and irregularities in the conduct of senate elections.
“His (Khole’s) actions have led to the setting aside of election of several senate members, which includes the recent order by the chancellor who declared the election of the librarian of CHM College Subhash Athavale null and void,” said senate member Madhu Paranjape.
Several senate members opposed the questioning the credential of an academician, who has already left office, and so the matter was put to vote.
Twenty-seven members supported the resolution while 24 voted against it. Those who voted against the resolution staged a walkout once it was passed.
The governor may now form a committee to review Khole’s five-year tenure that ended on September 27 last year. Khole refused to comment on the proceedings of the senate.