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Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute gets new office bearers

Outgoing chairman Gadgil says forces at institute destabilising its functioning.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 8, 2012 1:01 am

Outgoing chairman Gadgil says forces at institute destabilising its functioning.

The Regulating Council (RC) of the city-based Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) has a new chairman,honorary secretary and treasurer. According to officials,P V Anturkar is the new chairman who will replace Vasantrao Gadgil. Arun Barve,earlier acting honorary secretary and treasurer,has been elected full-time secretary replacing Maitreye Deshpande. The RC also elected Dr M G Dhadpale as treasurer.

The new appointments were made at an April 25 meeting where the members had moved a no-confidence motion against the chairman and the honorary secretary.

Officials said Gadgil has been criticised for not convening the “requistion meetings” on time despite written requests by members.

Maitreye Deshpande said she has already filed a case in the district court. “It will be inappropriate for me to comment as the case is subjudice,’’ she said.

Gadgil said his removal has come because “there are some forces at the institute who don’t want its smooth functioning.”

In the April meeting of the RC,of the 14 people who were present 10 had supported the resolution “for leave and replacement of the office bearers’’ while three members including the chairman and honorary secretary against whom the no- confidence motion was moved had dissented and one member had abstained from voting.

According to sources,the term of the new chairman will expire by July 5 this year and the RC can decide on extending his tenure or replacing him with other chairman.

Officials said that the tenure of both the treasurer and the honorary secretrary will expire on July 5,2014. While the chairman holds office for one year,the elections for the office of honorary secretrary and the treasurer are held after three years.

Confirming the decision over the reshuffle,Arun Barve said that “majority” of the members had supported the resolution for leave and replacement of chairman and hon secretrary. He,however,said the decision about the replacement of chairman and honorary secretrary was a routine and doesn’t in any way hamper the functioning of the research institute. “Ours is one of the most reputed research bodies of the country and we are more focussed on strengthening the research activities,” he said.

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