Politics and Academics: Punjab Governor wants newly appointed VC of PAU removed
After Baba Farid University it is PAU now
The growing rift between Punjab Raj Bhavan and the AAP Government is refusing to abate. Appointment of a new Vice Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University has stirred yet another debate.
Does the Governor, as Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University, have the power to appoint or remove the Vice-Chancellor? Or is the Board of Management of PAU empowered to select and appoint a new Vice-Chancellor?
The AAP Government had appointed noted farm scientist, Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, as Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Agricultural University. The post had been lying vacant for almost a year.
Punjab Governor Banwari Lal Purohit in a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Tuesday asked him to remove Dr Gosal as his appointment as Vice-Chancellor was made “without following UGC norms and approval of the Chancellor. This act of the Government of Punjab is totally illegal and cannot be accepted by any logic.
Since Dr Satbir Singh Gosal has already been appointed Vice-Chancellor, the Governor further said in his letter that “you are requested to remove the said Vice Chancellor, which has been illegally appointed, without any further delay. The Vice-Chancellor of PAU may be handed over to the Administrative Secretary of the Agriculture Department till the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor. You are also requested to instruct your concerned department to initiate the process of the appointment of the new Vice Chancellor. I hope you will realise the seriousness of the issue and take corrective measures immediately in the right spirit,” the letter said.
The letter, seen as a spat between Raj Bhavan and Bhagwant Mann government, has stunned the academic word. After Dr GS Wander, now is the turn of Dr Satbir Singh Gosal, to land in a hot spot without any provocation or reason on their part.
There has been a strong support building up for eminent academicians in this ongoing rift between Governor and Chief Minister. Why victimise academicians in this unfortunate growing rift?, is the question being asked in the academic circles.