Jaipur: The Vice Chancellor of the University of Rajasthan J.P. Singhal tendered his resignation from the post of Vice Chancellor after his appointment was slammed by the High Court.
His resignation has been accepted by the Governor Kalyan Singh.
J.P.Singhal was appointed as Vice Chancellor of the University of Rajasthan by the governor Kalyan Singh in consultation with the state government at the recommendation of a search committee on July 31, 2015 for a period of three years or till the age of 70 years. His term was going to expire as he was going to be seventy in March 2017.
His appointment was challenged by a PIL in the High Court of Rajasthan filed by Justice (Retd.) I S Israni, retired IAS officer Satyanarayan Singh, Professor Man Chand Khandela and Prof. K.L.Sharma. The petition charged that J. P. Singhal did not fulfill the eligibility conditions of being a Vice Chancellor as he did not possess a doctorate degree and ten years of experience as a professor which is mandatory as per UGC regulations 2010. J.P. Singhal was simply a retired principal of a private college namely Agrawal College and a representative in Syndicate of Rajasthan University.
It was alleged that he was appointed as VC only because of his close association with RSS and BJP.
He had been an office bearer of Rajasthan University and College Teachers Association ( RUCTA) Rashtriya, a BJP linked teachers' organization.
The honourable High Court was very critical in the remarks made when it said that Singhal had no right to remain on chair even for twenty four hours. Observing the mood of the honourable court the government seems to have directed J.P.Singhal to step down.
The Vice Chancellor of udaipur based university is also facing similar charges of ineligibility in the Highcourt of Rajasthan. He also does not have ten years experience as Professor though he is enjoying his second term as VC. His selection in 2013 and again in 2016 has been challenged in different writ petitions and notices have been issued by the High Court.