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High Court cancels Kerala university VC's appointment

High Court cancels Kerala university VCs appointment

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  20 Feb 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Kochi, Feb 19: Four years after Dr Babu Sebastian was appointed Mahatma Gandhi University’s Vice Chancellor, the Kerala High Court on Monday cancelled the appointment on grounds of idequate qualifications, and formation of a search committee against rules to find a suitable candidate for the post. The High Court order came on a plea of T.R. Premkumar, who pointed to violation of norms and rules in the appointment of Sebastian as head of the Kottayam-based varsity. The petitioner said two other candidates had all prescribed University Grants Commission (UGC) qualifications and Sebastian did not, still he was selected to the top post. The petitioner also said that a search committee constituted to select the new V-C in 2014 was in violation of the UGC norms. “The UGC guidelines are very clear that no one from either the varsity Sete or Syndicate should be included in the search committee. But the then Congress legislator, who was a member of these bodies, was made a member of the search committee. I am very happy that what I pointed out has been vindicated,” Premkumar said after the verdict. Sebastian’s links with a top politician in the then Congress-led United Democratic Front government was known to all and his selection was looked upon as a foregone conclusion. Sebastian told the media after the High Court verdict that he did not have a copy of the judgment. (IANS)

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