Monday, March 28, 2011

SC sets aside rules for principals’ appointment

Pune: The Supreme Court on Monday set aside the directives of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court of December 3, 2008, which had laid a time-bound programme for all colleges in the state to ensure that they appoint full-time principals. The high court had also provided for a ban by the state universities concerned on the first-year admissions of colleges failing to make the key appointments and action like disaffiliation against colleges continuing to default on making the appointments.

The SC order comes as a major relief to colleges, which struggled to meet the December 2010 deadline and were facing a ban on first-year admissions for academic year 2011-12.

The SC order came during the hearing of a bunch of special leave petitions (SLPs) by the bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Misra. Various academic institutions from across Maharashtra had filed the SLPs challenging the HC judgment. In May 2009, the SC had stayed the HC directives for a year till May 2010. The stay was extended in ensuing orders and the last deadline was December 2010.

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