• Petition challenging GU search committee dismissed in Ahmedabad
     August 6th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    The Gujarat high court on Monday dismissed the petition challenging the constitution of the search committee to select a vice chancellor on the ground that it was in violation of norms. This has paved way for the existing search committee to continue it’s search for a new vice chancellor of the university.

    The division bench comprising chief justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and justice J B Pardiwala upheld section 10 of the Gujarat University Act and said that UGC regulation cannot overrule GU rules.

    Petitioner Dhaval Patel had challenged the setting up of the search committee saying that it was in violation of provisions made by the University Grants Commission Act and Regulations of 2010. He contended that the committee had been formed under the Gujarat University Act, but the provision made to constitute the search committee was ultra vires to provisions of the UGC Act.

    Patel had submitted that the recently-appointed committee comprises advocate Saurabh Amin who was nominated by the chancellor, Y P Singh appointed by the Central and Academic Council of Gujarat University and Dr Kamlesh Joshipura who was appointed from the joint board of VCs. The petitioner claimed that these appointments are not in accordance with the UGC Act.