With the orders asking him to abstain from duty revoked, Rajan Welukar, vice-chancellor of the Mumbai university, resumed work on Saturday.
Welukar said he will now prepare for the upcoming senate meeting, where the annual budget of the university will be discussed and passed. Apart from enquiring about the status of the assembly questions, Welukar has scheduled a meeting with the controller of examinations on Monday, to discuss the pending exam results, revaluations and upcoming examinations.
“We have started preparing for the senate meeting as well as for examinations that begin shortly. I am following the governor’s orders and will preside over my duties as usual,” said the vice-chancellor.
Welukar was asked to “abstain from discharging duties” by the governor, following two orders of the Bombay high court to re-examine his appointment as the V-C. The petition questioning his appointment was filed in July 2010 by social activists Nitin Deshpande and Vasant Genu Patil, and former vice-chancellor of Rajasthan University AD Sawant.
Soon after the governor’s order, Welukar moved the Supreme Court seeking ban on the two orders of the Bombay high court. On February 27, the SC granted an interim stay on the orders. He met the governor with the copy of the SC order on March 3, asking him to reconsider his decision.