Pls hear out VC Khimani: High Court to Vidyapith

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 22-09-2022 | 06:00 am

Pls hear out VC Khimani: High Court to Vidyapith

The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday directed the Gujarat Vidyapith to follow due process and give an opportunity of hearing to its vice chancellor Dr Rajendra Khimani who was earlier removed from the post by the UGC in November 2021.The court said, “The stage is now set for Vidyapith to follow due process and pass an appropriate order as suggested by UGC within eight weeks.” However, the judge also commented that he had “serious doubts that Vidyapith would do anything”.The court also stressed on adhering to the due process as envisaged in the Regulation 10.12.2.E of the UGC (Institutions Deemed to Be Universities) Regulations, 2019, which deals with the process of removal of a vice chancellor.In November last year the UGC had submitted a report that Dr Khimani be removed from the post on the grounds of financial irregularities during his tenure as Registrar and administrative lapses in his appointment. The UGC had also held that he wasn’t eligible to hold the post. The UGC directive was challenged by Khimani in the high court.Dr Khimani’s counsel submitted that Dr Khimani was well qualified to hold the post of the vice chancellor and that the UGC had taken a unilateral decision without giving him an opportunity to present himself. This UGC decision is invalid and should be quashed, he pleaded.The Gujarat Vidyapith submitted that it is a deemed university and UGC has no power to remove its Vice Chancellor who was appointed after following all the procedures.The central government counsel submitted that the appointment of the petitioner as the VC of Gujarat Vidyapith was not done as per law. He worked as a Registrar at Vidyapith from February 2002 to April 2019 and during this period he committed financial and administrative malpractices. A fact-finding committee was formed to investigate it.The central government representative in the three-member committee appointed to find a suitable candidate for the VC’s post was of the view that Dr Khimani was not suitable for the post as an inquiry was pending against him. It was on this basis the UGC decided to remove Dr Khimani.The central government further submitted that the vice chancellor is a full-time salaried employee and a person not qualified to hold the position can be removed as per UGC rules.

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