Two professors from the Central University of Gujarat (CUG) have written a letter to the President Pranab Mukherjee as also the Ministry of Human Resources Development, alleging that CUG’s vice-chancellor E V Ramakrishnan and registrar N Rajaram have been appointed in violation of the provisions of the Central Universities Act 2009, Ordinances of the Central University of Gujarat, UGC regulations and Department of Personnel and Training rules.
The letter has been written by Professors M H Fulekar and Man Singh. A copy of the letter is in possession of The Indian Express. In their letter, they have stated that since Prof Ramakrishnan and Prof Rajaram had taken voluntary retirement of service from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University and MS University , respectively.
Hence, they are not eligible for re-employment on a regular basis in teaching or administrative department of any institution run by the central or the state governments. They have quoted CUG Ordinance No. 1(5.4) in support of their arguments. They have also attached a legal opinion taken from a private advocate stating that Prof Ramakrishnan and Prof Rajaram could not function as V-C and registrar, respectively.
Though Prof Rajaram and CUG’s chancellor Prof Y K Alagh could not be contacted despite several efforts, Ramakrishnan said that his appointment and that of Prof Rajaram was on ‘a regular basis’ under Rule 19(1) of CUG Act.
“We were invited by CUG and the Rule19(1) says that an invited professor is deemed to be confirmed on the same day he joins. The retirement age for professors is 65. When I joined on May 1, 2010, I was below 60 and Rajaram, who joined on May 6, 2010, was below 58. As per CUG Act, we can continue and hold all posts in teaching and administrative departments till we reach 65 years of age,” said Prof Ramakrishnan.
Ramakrishnan said that he had also got legal opinion of a retired Supreme Court judge and had sent point by point reply to the HRD Ministry.
CUG was set up in 2009 and Prof R K Kale was its first V-C. On completion of his five-year term, he reverted to his parent department in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in March this year.
At the time of handing over the charge, Prof Kale in a letter on March 1, 2014, directed Rajaram to take a legal opinion about the senior most professor. As per rules, the senior most professor is given charge of V-C in case of retirement of the regular V-C or when V-C is on leave. Ramakrishnan claimed that he took the charge from Kale by virtue of being the senior most professor.