Indore: Indore School of Social Work (IISW), which is reluctant to give charge of principal to senior most professor despite Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court’s order for the same, would not only face contempt of court but also lose affiliation from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV).

In a notice addressed to the college management, DAVV registrar VK Singh said that the HC in its ordered dated February 7, directed to keep appointment of SN Sahay as principal of the college in abeyance and senior most teaching staff of the institution should hold charge of the principal.

The registrar directed the college management to comply with the HC order and give charge of principal to senior most teacher else its affiliation would be cancelled.  “We had issued notice to the college directing it to adhere to the HC order in letter and spirit else its affiliation from the DAVV will stand cancelled,” Singh said.

Dr Ranjana Sehgal is senior most teacher of the college which is a minority aided institution. The college and department of higher education (DHE) are at loggerheads over appointment of principal for nearly one-and-a-half-years.

After Jacob Tudipara was retired, the college had let him continue on the post overlooking the DHE’s direction that the college management should hand over charge of principal to senior most teacher.

Tudipara had filed a petition in the court challenging his retirement and requesting for extending its retirement age to 65. However, his petition was rejected after which the college in March 2016 had appointed Dr Sahay as new principal.

The DHE and DAVV had objected to this appointment stating that it was not as per Code-28 norms. Following the DHE and DAVV’s notices to the college, it moved HC stating that it as a minority institution had right to appoint teachers and principal on its own and requested from the court to make the notices against it null and void.

The DHE informed the court that minimum qualification laid down by University Grants Commission for appointment of principal was not followed by the college management while appointing Dr Sahay as principal.

The court was informed that the principal should have at least 15 years of experience and minimum 55 per cent marks in master’s degree course. Dr Sahay teaching experience is just of 11 years and his percent in master’s degree course is below 55.

The DAVV also echoed same norms in the court. After listening to all the parties, the court directed the authorities to grant one opportunity of hearing to the petitioner/institution and thereafter, competent authority of DHE and DAVV should decide the same by passing a detailed order, in accordance with law and till then the appointment of Dr Sahay shall be kept in abeyance and senior more teaching staff of the institution will hold charge of the principal, subject to the order passed by the respondents.

The registrar stated that even after such ruling from the court, the college got an advertisement published in newspaper inviting applications for appointment of principal. “This is in violation of the court’s order. We will provide an opportunity of hearing to the college and if his reply was not found satisfactory, its affiliation will be cancelled,” Singh said.

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