With less than two days left for the commencement of the 102nd Indian Science Congress (ISC), the Yuva Sena has written a letter to the Governor of Maharashtra demanding that the Mumbai University VC Rajan Welukar be replaced as the host of the event.
On January 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will fly down to inaugurate ISC that is being hosted by the Mumbai University and Welukar is expected to share the stage with former.
“We do not want Welukar to represent MU. He should be replaced by one of the senior academicians,” said a core member with the Yuva Sena.
Welukar was unavailable for comment.
The ISC is being hosted by MU from January 3-7. “There are question marks about his appointment still,” said the offcial. Only recently the HC had affirmed that the decision of the selection committee to include Welukar’s name in the list of contenders for the post of Mumbai University Vice-Chancellor (VC) “suffered from any non-application of mind”. On August 10, 2011 a bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice G Godbole gave a split verdict. The matter was referred to Justice S J Vazifdar, who on February 22, 2012 agreed with Justice Godbole, but could not decide on the issue. On May 11, 2012, the matter was referred to a bench headed by Justice P V Hardas to decide on the two questions formulated in reference to the order in 2011.
After the HC’s order, Welukar had sought clarification in the order. Welukar said, “Upon perusing the text of the said judgment, apart from considering the legal position vis-a-vis the said judgment in context of challenging the same before the SC, some clarifications prior may be required to be sought from the said bench.”