BHOPAL : The General Council of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, which is headed by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, on Thursday, granted second term to vice chancellor BK Kuthiyala amid controversy and legal questions arsing over extension to him, said sources.Decision was taken to give a second term to the vice chancellor for next four years, ignoring objection of leader of opposition Satyadev Katare, who said,    government’s order extending Kuthiyala’s term had been challenged in HC.

Kuthiyala was lobbying through RSS connections for the second term in the journalism university after his first tenure expired in January. He was on the extension for which order was issued by the chief minister and ex-officio chairman of the general council.

High Court in this regard has sought reply from the university administration till July 7.

Katare said, “I raised objection as the matter of extension is sub-judice but the members decided with majority to give second term to the vice chancellor.”

Katare wanted to write his note of dissent on the issue but press council of India chairman Markandey Katju who is ex officio member in the council, objected and said decisions in such meeting was taken unanimously”, said sources.

The council decided to form a committee on the proposal to purchase building for Noida campus and on which too, the LoP said the building should be purchased for campus but not that one which was selected.

The meeting gave nod to recruitments made ahead of Assembly election and decided to recruit new teachers by creating new posts and provide bonus marks to contractual teachers. It passed annual budget of Rs 16 crore and approved recruitments for new campus at Amarkantak, Gwalior and Khandwa.

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