Bengal government termed the Supreme Court’s order on the appointment of vice-chancellors as a ‘victory of democracy’

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Monday termed as a “victory for democracy” the Supreme Court order that said the court-appointed search committee for appointment of vice-chancellors will send the names of candidates to the chief minister and not the governor. Earlier in the day, a bench of Justices Surya Kant and Ujjal Bhuyan directed that the committee headed by former Chief Justice UU Lalit be constituted within two weeks. The bench gave the direction after learning that both the state government and the governor (chancellor of universities) agreed to form the committee.

Welcoming the Supreme Court’s decision, state Education Minister Bratya Basu said in a post on ‘X’, “Democracy has won once again.” Basu said that in the order, the bench directed that the search-cum-selection committee will send a recommendation of three names for each university to the “democratically elected head” of the state. “The honourable Chief Minister will then recommend the panel as per her choice to the Chancellor, recording her opinion, if any, against any name. The Chancellor will then appoint the Vice Chancellor of the university,” the minister said.

Similarly, the Educationists Forum, a forum of pro-Trinamool Congress (TMC) educationists, said, “Amid the illegalities imposed by the Chancellor on the higher education sector of West Bengal, the Hon’ble Supreme Court through former Chief Justice Justice Lalit today reaffirmed the principle of fair selection through due process.” The apex court was hearing the West Bengal government’s appeal against the Calcutta High Court’s June 28, 2023 order, which held that there was no illegality in the orders issued by the Governor of West Bengal for the appointment of interim Vice Chancellors (VCs) in 11 state government universities as he is the ex-officio Chancellor of these institutions. The ruling TMC government has a dispute with Governor CV Anand Bose over how the state universities should be run.

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