Next GU V-C: Former Dy CM, others smell foul play, plea Guv

Gujarat University

Object to a joint meeting of executive and academic councils to finalise a name in the search committee for selecting a panel of three names for the next V-C

Four members of Gujarat University's executive council have objected to Thursday's joint meeting of university's executive and academic councils called to finalise a name to be recommended for the search committee to be formed for selecting a panel of three names to choose the next vice-chancellor.

In a memorandum faxed to Governor Kamla Beniwal, the four members led by former deputy chief minister and Congress leader Narhari Amin requested to cancel the decision taken in Thursday's meeting and hold another meeting within a week.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Amin said the meeting was called to finalise a name to be recommended for the search committee to be formed for selecting a panel of three names for choosing a successor for the present V-C Parimal Trivedi, whose terms ends on June 28. The names of other two members of the search committee are suggested by the Governor and jointly by V-Cs of all the universities in the state.

Amin said though the agenda for such a meeting was usually sent to executive and academic council members at least a week ago since they could go through the biodata of the candidates, Trivedi sent the agenda only at 8 pm on Wednesday, with an intimation that the meeting would be held at 9 am on Thursday.

"Despite our protest, the V-C held the meeting and suggested the name of MSU vice-chancellor Yogesh Singh as a member for the search committee," said Amin.

He said only 37 members of a total of 64 members of academic and executive councils attended the meeting. "This is a very serious matter," Amin and his supporters said in the memorandum, requesting the Governor in her capacity as the chancellor to direct the V-C to convene another meeting in a week's time.

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