* The university has been functioning without service rules since its establishment in 2009
The Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has formed a three-member committee to frame service and others rules of the varsity. The committee headed by former registrar of the Junagadh Agriculture University (JAU) is expected to complete the job within six months. The other two members are also retired university officials.
Vice-Chancellor Akshay Agarwal told The Indian Express that the university set up in 2009 by the state government did not have service rules so far. He said the first V-C,who was merely an in-charge V-C,was empowered to frame transitional rules but nothing was done in this regard.
As Agarwal is a full-fledged V-C,he does not have powers to frame transitional rules.
Transitory rules,according to the GTU Act,are to be framed by the V-C himself for purposes of running the affairs of the university and the colleges affiliated to it till proper statues are framed. As a full-fledged vice-chancellor,I cant frame transitional rules and permanent rules to be prepared by a committee have to be approved by the board of GTU governors, he said.
Agarwal added that the committee had been assigned to prepare the rules by consulting the rules of different universities of the state and technical institutions with a view to ensure the protection of the rights of teachers and other university staff in government,grant-in-aid as well as self-financed institutions.
He said that framing rules had become necessary because there were more than 100 technical and professional colleges affiliated to GTU. Earlier,all these colleges were affiliated to other universities in whose jurisdiction their institutions were located and followed the rules of the respective universities. But with their affiliations shifted to GTU,they would now be governed by GTU rules.
Agarwal said it was because of this reason that none of the universities had transferred to GTU the fixed deposits they had taken from the technical colleges in their jurisdiction. He said that GTU could not claim deposits from colleges being set up because of absence of any such rule.