Hyderabad: A PIL was filed in the High Court challenging the action of the state government in appointing eight IAS officers as in-charge Vice Chancellors of universities across the state.
Dr S. Karunakar Reddy, assistant professor in Osmania University’s botany department, filed the PIL seeking a direction to suspend the circular issued in this regard, by the office of Chief Minister. The petitioner contended that it was a violation of UGC Regulations, 2010.
He mentioned that as per UGC regulations the regular VCs and members of Executive Councils (EC) have to be appointed without any delay, particularly where the State had failed to fill up the posts of ECs for the last five years. Further, he stated that no varsity has constituted a full-fledged EC, except for Kakatiya University, which did so after the Supreme Court’s intervention.
Vice Chancellors are to be appointed to the state universities either regular or in-charge in conformity with the UGC Regulations 2010 and 2018. The petitioner sought a direction to the state to appoint the senior most faculty of the respective universities as in-charge Vice Chancellor till the regular ones are appointed adhering to UGC regulations.