HC Reserves Verdict On Andrabi’s Plea As VC of KU Till 5-Yrs

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Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday reserved its verdict on a petition filed by incumbent vice-chancellor Kashmir University, Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, seeking directions to continue on the post for two more years.  

A bench of Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur reserved the judgment after hearing Andrabi’s counsel Zaffar A Shah and that of state government through its commissioner secretary, Higher Education department.

While Andrabi was appointed as vice-chancellor of KU on 17 October 2014 for a period of three years, the government amended the Kashmir and Jammu Universities Act 1969, in 2015, substituting the words “three” by the words “five” for tenure of the vice-chancellor.

On 8 September this year, the university’s chancellor directed constitution of a search committee for appointment of the new vice-chancellor.

“The Search Committee has been constituted on the basis that the tenure of appointment of the (Andrabi) is only three years but is entitled to continue as Vice Chancellor for five years,” his counsel contended.

Andrabi pleads that he was entitled, in law, to continue as vice chancellor for a period of five years with effect from the date he took over charge in view of the amendments carried out vide “Kashmir and Jammu Universities (Amendment) Act, 2015 in Section 12 of Act No: XXIV of 1969, substituting the words ‘three years’ by the words ‘five years’.

He has also pleaded that without appreciating the legal position, the authorities concerned have constituted a search committee to appoint a new vice-chancellor. 

Andrabi has sought directions that it be declared that he, as vice-chancellor of the University of Kashmir, was entitled to continue and hold the office for “five years” having regard to the “Kashmir and Jammu Universities (Amendment) Act, 2015.”

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