Appointment of Dr Rajasree MS as tech university VC violated UGC norms, observes SC

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday noted that the UGC guidelines were not followed in the appointment of Dr Rajasree MS as the vice-chancellor of the APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University.

It noted that the search committee to find the VC did not recommend three names to the Chancellor as stipulated by the UGC. Instead, it unanimously recommended Rajasree.

The bench of Justice MR Shah reserved its verdict in the case.

Sreejith PS, former dean of CUSAT, had challenged the 2019 appointment citing various reasons. He said the chief secretary cannot be a member of the search committee as the regulation says that persons who are connected to the university shall not be a part of it.

He also said instead of UGC, it was the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) that recommended another member of the committee, which is again a violation of the rules.

Meanwhile, the state argued before the court that as per the 2013 order of the UGC, the state can make appointments based on state laws and the appointment of Rajasree was valid.

The advocate for Rajesree said that her tenure would end in February next year. Justice Shah rebutted that would it be an issue if she leaves early.

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