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Mumbai university V-C: Pramod Yeole was other contender for post

Both Pednekar and Yeole were the top contenders. Yeole was to get the position as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is said to have favoured him, said the official

mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2018 00:16 IST
Faisal Malik
Faisal Malik
Hindustan Times
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Suhas Pednekar was appointed the V-C on Friday, six months after Sanjay Deshmukh was sacked(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

Pramod Yeole, pro-vice chancellor of Nagpur University, and Suhas Pednekar, principal of Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, were the top contenders in the race for the post of vice-chancellor of University of Mumbai, according to an official in the know of the matter.

Pednekar was appointed the V-C on Friday, six months after Sanjay Deshmukh was sacked. Since October 24, 2017, Devanand Shinde, V-C of Shivaji University, Kolhapur, was holding the additional charge. The professor of chemistry has been appointed for a period of five years. The governor handed over the appointment letter to Pednekar at Raj Bhavan on Friday afternoon.

After Deshmukh’s dismissal, the governor set up a selection committee, headed by renowned space scientist K Kasturirangan, a former vice-chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, for the post of MU VC. Of the 64 applications, five candidates were shortlisted for personal interviews with the governor last week.

It included Pednekar, Yeole, Anil Karnik, director, Garware Institute of Career Education and Development; Vilas Sapkal, former vice-chancellor of Nagpur University and PN Kondekar, dean (planning and development), Indian Institute of Information Technology Design and Manufacturing (IITDM), Jabalpur.

Both Pednekar and Yeole were the top contenders. Yeole was to get the position as chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is said to have favoured him, said the official. “Following Deshmukh’s fiasco, the governor was cautious as questions were raised over Yeole’s eligibility,” said a senior official from higher and technical department.

Naresh Gaikwad, former head of pharmaceutical sciences department at Nagpur University, in his letter to the governor and selection committee, alleged 10 years of experience as principal or professor at a degree college was must for appointing a person as pro V-C, according to the rules of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). In Yeole’s case, the latter had declared an experience of 17 years, by clubbing his 10-year experience as the principal of a diploma college, which makes him ineligible, said Gaikwad. The matter is pending before the Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court.

“The committee had clearly told the governor that Yeole’s interview was good, but there are some complaints over his eligibility, which needed to be seriously checked before the appointment,” the official said.

Deshmukh was sacked for gross negligence and failure to comply with the directives issued by the governor.

He was held responsible for failure to implement the on-screen marking (OSM) system, adopted for online assessment of answer papers, which resulted in a five-month delay in declaring exam results last summer

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 00:15 IST