Madras HC orders notice on petition to appoint vice-chancellors for three universities in Tamil Nadu

A Vacation Judge of the HC on Thursday ordered notice on a writ petition praying for a directive to the State Government to fill up the posts of vice-chancellors to three varsities in the State. 

Published: 19th May 2017 04:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th May 2017 04:19 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: A Vacation Judge of the Madras High Court on Thursday ordered notice on a writ petition praying for a directive to the State Government to fill up the posts of vice-chancellors to Anna University, University of Madras and MKU.

When the petition from A Narayanan, director of Change India, Virugambakkam came up before the vacation judge M Govindaraj, the government pleader M K Subramaniam took notice for the State Chief Secretary and the Higher Education Secretary. The judge then posted the matter for hearing after the vacation.

The petition prayed for a directive to the authorities to bring out immediately specific enforceable norms to fix a time frame to complete the process of appointment of vice-chancellors, so that there was no discontinuity or disruption in the effective functioning of the universities and the interest of the student community and higher education was protected.

The petitioner had also submitted a representation to the current Chancellor of State Universities (the Governor-in-charge) on August  27, 2016 highlighting the inordinate delay in VC appointments. On November 11, he sent another representation to the Chancellor. But, there was no positive response.

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