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Gujarat University strikes down Pal's decision to remove CAO, Minesh Shah

Saturday, 7 September 2013 - 1:50pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

Executive committee also reviews 263 decisions taken by the former vice chancellor.

Former vice chancellor Adesh Pal’s decision to remove chief accountant officer (CAO) Minesh Shah was rolled back while a majority of his other decisions were reviewed. This happened at an executive committee meeting of the Gujarat University (GU) on Friday.

Pal had removed Shah from the post on the ground that the latter did not have the requisite qualification for it. At the meeting, executive council members, also known as syndicate members, also decided to reinstate Shah as the CAO at GU.

A few other decisions taken by the members included allowing children of Class III (below assistant registrar’s post) go for self-financed courses free of cost.

“Pal did not follow any procedure while removing Shah. He said Shah was not qualified and removed according to orders issued by the state education department. Pal should have given notice to Shah and followed the process. It needs to be reviewed as to whether MCom or chartered accountant’s degree is required for the post as he is a CA,” claimed acting vice chancellor Mukul Shah.

The meeting got over in nearly 45 minutes. Two Congress-backed syndicate members, Himanshu Patel and Digvijaysinh Gohil, did not attend the meeting as the party had called a bandh on Friday. Owing to the strike, the GU campus turned into a fortress as heavy security was deployed keeping the syndicate meeting in mind.

The acting VC said the members also suggested reviewing the need for a financial committee appointed by Pal and added that 263 decisions taken by him under special powers assigned to him were reviewed. The members also reviewed and passed around 20 decisions taken by Shah since he took charge.

The members also chose to discuss the requirement for a financial committee.
“There is no such provision for a separate financial committee in the GU statute.
So, we will discuss whether it should be continued. The final decision will be taken at the next syndicate meeting scheduled in the last week of September,” said Shah.

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