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Gujarat Vidyapeeth appointed in-charge VC after High Court directive.

Education NewsGujarat Vidyapeeth appointed in-charge VC after High Court directive.

A senior professor of Gujarat Vidyapeeth has been asked to take over as in-charge vice-chancellor ahead of the High Court’s January 17 deadline to take action against VC Rajendra Khamani, who resigned based on the University Grants Commission report. Is. said.

Professor Bharat Joshi, who belongs to the education department of Vidya Peth founded by Mahatma Gandhi, has been asked to take charge till the new appointment. Joshi has confirmed that he has received a call in this regard. He has agreed to take charge on Monday.

The UGC in November 2021 directed the chancellor of Vidya Peth, a deemed university in Ahmedabad, to remove Khamani as VC after its inquiry report pointed to procedural irregularities in his appointment. . The UGC report said there were also some lapses by Khamani in the administrative and financial functioning of the Gujarat Vidya Peth as registrar between April 1, 2004 and April 30, 2019.

Khamani resigned ahead of the January 17, 2023 deadline set by the Gujarat High Court for the university to issue an appropriate order on him, sources said. Gujarat Governor Acharya Devarat recently took over as the new chancellor of Vidya Peth after the resignation of former chancellor and social activist Ela Bhatt (now deceased).

Gujarat Vidyapeeth was founded by Mahatma Gandhi on 18 October 1920. He served as Chancellor for life. Great men like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Rajendra Prasad and Morarji Desai also worked in the same capacity. Based on a report prepared to consider Khamani’s appointment, the UGC directed the then chancellor to remove Khamani with immediate effect.

The UGC had said that failure to comply with its directions would attract punitive action under the UGC Act and the 2019 regulations, including withdrawal of grants. Khemani had challenged the UGC order in the High Court saying it was “illegal, arbitrary and violative of Rule 10.12.2.E of the UGC (Institutions Deemed to be Universities) Regulations, 2019”. Rejecting their plea, the High Court on September 21, 2022 directed the Vidya Peth to follow due process and pass appropriate orders based on the UGC report as per law.

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