The bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur, Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, hearing an appeal filed by Telangana, stayed that part of the judgement of the Hyderabad High Court that rendered some of the VCs ineligible for the post.
The apex court bench, however, ruled against the state’s decision to remove the governor as chancellor of state universities. “Let the governor continue for now and we will decide the issue during the final hearing,” the bench said, while issuing notices to UGC and other authorities to file their counters.
Following a public interest petition filed by retired professor D Manohar Rao, the Hyderabad High Court had struck down the decision of the Telangana government to tweak the eligibility norms laid down by the UGC that only professors with 10 years of experience are eligible for the vice-chancellor post. It also allowed people with ‘relevant administrative capabilities’ to occupy these posts. The state also removed the governor from the chancellor’s post and empowered itself to appoint anyone as chancellor of these varsities.