HC reduction to Gujarat Vidyapith over UGC show-cause discover

The Gujarat Excessive Court docket has given interim reduction to the Gujarat Vidyapith from execution of a show-cause discover issued by the College Grants Fee (UGC) on April 25 asking why its Deemed-to-be-College standing shouldn’t be withdrawn.

The excessive court docket on Could 6 has ordered ad-interim reduction to the college and issued discover to central authorities and UGC returnable on June 20,2022.

The reduction got here after the universtity challenged the show-cause discover dated 25.04.2022 issued by the Secretary of the UGC on the idea of the Inner Audit Report for the interval between 01.04.2018 and 31.03.2021 on the occasion of the Ministry of Schooling of the Union Authorities.

The order by the court docket of Justice Bhargav D Karia says, “It was submitted that the impugned show-cause discover is with out jurisdiction because the UGC has no energy to cancel the Deemed-to-be-College standing which was granted below Part 3 of the College Grants Fee Act, 1956…”.

“It was submitted that within the impugned show-cause discover after recording the audit objections said within the Audit Report, the Secretary of the UGC has known as upon the petitioner to elucidate inside a interval of 21 days as to why the Deemed-to-be College standing of the petitioner shouldn’t be withdrawn and in the meantime till the passable rationalization is supplied by the petitioner the grant-in-aid is ordered to be stopped,” the order additional states.

The Vidyapith submitted earlier than the Excessive Court docket that it has “already submitted parawise reply to the audit objections by electronic mail dated 18.04.2022”.

The Excessive Court docket in its order additional said, “It was submitted that by the impugned show-cause discover the stoppage of grant-in-aid to the petitioner couldn’t have been directed as such an motion taken by the UGC opposite to the provisions of Act and the Rules”.

Gujarat Vidyapith being a Deemed-to-be-College receives complete grants from the Centre and state authorities has no stake or funding.

Earlier on November 25, 2021, the College Grants Fee (UGC) had issued directives in it assembly held to take away Dr Rajendra Khimani as Vice-Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith “with quick impact”, observing “procedural lapses” in his appointment.

On March 22, the Excessive Court docket issued a discover to the fee directing it to not take any “coercive steps” to take away him.

The court docket’s discover got here on a petition filed by Khimani looking for instructions declaring the fee’s directive as “unlawful”.

The UGC in its 554th assembly that was presided over by the previous chairman Prof Dhirendra Pal Singh carried out on November 25, 2021 resolved that “failing to adjust to the instructions of the Fee would appeal to penal motion in accordance with the UGC Act, 1956 and the UGC (Establishments Deemed to be Universities) Rules, 2019, together with that of withholding of grants”.

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