DIBRUGARH, May 30 – The appointment of Dr K K Deka as the Vice-Chancellor of Dibrugarh University by the former Governor of Assam, Lt. Gen. Ajai Singh, has come under High Court scanner.
A division bench of Gauhati High Court comprising Chief Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice A K Goswami today issued a notice of motion following a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the office-bearers of Dibrugarh University Postgraduate Students’ Union (DUPGSU), challenging the appointment of Dr K K Deka as the Vice-Chancellor.
In the PIL, the petitioners contended that the appointment of Dr K K Deka was in violation of Clause 2 of Section 10 of Dibrugarh University Act. The PIL was jointly signed by DUPGSU president Dhrubajyoti Lahon, vice-president Jayanta Podder, general secretary Kishore Kumar Gogoi, assistant general secretary Uditjyoti Gogoi, court member Prasanta Bhuyan and cultural secretary Sarangapani Bora. The argument of the petitioners is that the name of Dr K K Deka was not recommended by the constituted advisory board of Dibrugarh University and that the then Governor of Assam and Chancellor Lt. Gen. Ajai Singh had appointed Dr K K Deka without receiving fresh recommendation from the
constituted advisory board.
The law states that “the Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor on the recommendation of an advisory board constituted by the Chancellor for the purpose and consisting of three members of whom one member shall be nominated by the State Government, one member to be nominated by the Chancellor and one member to be selected by the Executive Council”. The Act also provides that the Chancellor can call for fresh recommendation from the advisory board if he does not approve the recommended names of three persons.