The Bombay High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL challenging the selection process of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pune (UoP).
While ruling in favour of the university,a division bench headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah held that the procedure is in consonance with the Maharashtra Universities
The court also held that the guidelines issued by the University Grants Commission (UGC) are at the most subordinate legislation and cannot override the Maharashtra Universities Act.
The petitioner,a Thane-based activist named Suresh Patil-Khede,claimed that the process was not in consonance with the UGC guidelines and hence should be quashed and set aside.
The petitioner had cited a regulation which lays down that a person who,in any way,has been connected with the university cannot be a member of the search committee which makes the appointment. He claimed that this rule had been violated in the case of the University of Pune,and demanded that the committee be dissolved and a fresh one be constituted.
Patil-Khede also claimed that an amendment to the regulations made in this regard were illegal and were formulated with retrospective effect. However,the court refused to accept his contentions.