Guv can appoint VCs in state-run varsities: HC

Guv can appoint VCs in state-run varsities: HC

One-liner: The Calcutta HC on Wednesday said that there is no illegality in the orders issued by the West Bengal governor appointing interim vice-chancellors in 11 state-run universities in his capacity as ex-officio chancellor of these institutions.

Power to appoint: The court held that the chancellor has the power to appoint vice-chancellors as it has been laid down in relevant enactments.

Illegal: It was claimed by the petitioner and also the state that the orders appointing the vice-chancellors to the universities were illegal as the higher education dept was not consulted by Governor C V Ananda Bose before giving such appointments.

Not consulted: The petitioner had alleged that contrary to the proposal given by the higher education minister, the chancellor had made a series of appointments of vice-chancellors without any consultation with him.

What the court said: The court said that when the final decision is with the governor, who is the appointing authority of the vice-chancellors, the manner, mode or method of consultation has to be left with him and the consultee can't dictate terms to the chancellor that the consultation has to be in a particular mode or methodology.

Bottom line: The universities in which the interim vice-chancellors were appointed on June 1 include the University of Calcutta, the University of Kalyani and Jadavpur University.