Warangal Urban: Inordinate delay in the reconstitution of the full-fledged executive council (EC) is causing much trouble to the administrators of the Kakatiya University, Warangal.
Though the ex-officio members under chairmanship of vice-chancellor are taking the decisions on behalf of the council, their decisions are likely to be challenged in the court of law by the aggrieved parties, and sometimes they may not stand legal scrutiny.
As per the Andhra Pradesh Universities Act 4 of 1991, the executive council is a crucial decision making body of the university, which makes every important decisions like the appointment, removal, suspension of the teachers, utilisation of funds, prescribe admission fees, awards, fellowships, confer honorary doctorates, etc. The EC comprises of five ex-officio members including vice-chancellor, and six nominated members. But since April 2010, no member has been nominated to the EC by the State government.
“Everyone thought that the government would constitute the executive council by nominating the members immediately after the appointment of the regular vice-chancellor in July last year itself. But the government seems to be not bothered about taking any steps for the constitution of the full-fledged executive council,” told a senior official of the Kakatiya University. He also observed that there will be no legal sanctity to the decisions to be taken by the skeleton executive council having only ex-officio members, and reminded that the AP High Court had even declared as illegal the appointment of two assistant professors in the zoology department of the KU stating that they were done by the executive council of the varsity without the required quorum in 2011.
“The council must have at least one third of its members present when it undertakes important works such as making appointments. In view of this, the government should take immediate steps for the appointment of the nominate members,” he added. On the other hand, officials opine that the appointment of the complete executive council would also help the university to take decisions on certain issues at the earliest for the benefit of the students and development of the university.