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HC quashes MG varsity VC appointment

February 21, 2018

The Kerala High Court set aside the appointment of Babu Sebastain as the vice chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi University holding that he lacked requisite qualifications required for the post.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice Antony Dominic and justice Dama Sheshadri Naidu found that Sebastian was not qualified to be the vice chancellor as he lacked the requisite qualifications prescribed for the post as stipulated by the University Grants Commission.

The court gave the order on a public interest litigation by one Prem Kumar challenging the appointment on February 19.

As per the requirement, 10 years teaching experience and professorship, besides research experience was required for the appointment. Sebastian was only an associate professor in an aided college.

The qualification considered for his appointment was his 10-and-a-half years’ experience in the State Institute of Education Technology. The court found that it cannot be considered as a qualification for the appointment of Vice Chancellor.

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