Kolkata: West Bengal’s Governor CV Ananda Bose has penned a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, extending an invite to Raj Bhavan for a dialogue on the collection of vice-chancellors for varied state universities, PTI quoted a senior official as saying.
Bose’s letter to Banerjee on Thursday follows the Supreme Court docket’s keep on the emoluments of just lately appointed interim vice-chancellors in West Bengal’s state-run universities. The court docket has advised that the governor and the chief minister meet “over a cup of espresso” to handle the deadlock regarding VC appointments.
“The governor has written a letter inviting the CM to Raj Bhavan for a gathering on the appointments of VCs at totally different universities within the state,” the official informed PTI.
The governor’s workplace is “anticipating a reply from the CMO quickly”, he mentioned.
The highest court docket had on October 6 mentioned there’s a want for reconciliation between the governor and the chief minister “within the curiosity of academic establishments and the longer term careers of lakhs of scholars”.
A bench of Justices Surya Kant and Dipankar Datta has dominated that the keep on emoluments for interim Vice-Chancellors, who have been appointed in August, will persist all through the state authorities’s petition in opposition to the Governor’s actions in appointing these interim VCs. The Governor serves because the ex-officio chancellor of state universities.
The Supreme Court docket’s determination comes after the West Bengal authorities appealed in opposition to the Calcutta Excessive Court docket’s June 28 ruling, which discovered no irregularities within the Governor’s orders appointing interim VCs for 11 state-run universities.
On September 27, the Supreme Court docket requested a listing of notable people, together with scientists, technocrats, directors, educators, and authorized specialists, to kind a search committee answerable for shortlisting and appointing VCs in state-run universities.
Acknowledging the continuing dispute between the state authorities and the Governor’s workplace on this matter, the Supreme Court docket had beforehand selected September 15 to determine a search committee for choosing VCs.
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Beforehand, the excessive court docket had upheld the authority of the chancellor to nominate VCs, as outlined in related statutes.
Tensions escalated between Raj Bhavan and the West Bengal authorities when the Governor started appointing interim VCs for 11 state universities following the expiration of the full-time VCs’ phrases in April-Might of the present 12 months. The state authorities accused Bose of circumventing its authority in making these selections, whereas Raj Bhavan argued that each step was taken in accordance with the regulation to make sure the schools’ uninterrupted functioning and within the college students’ finest pursuits.