Top contenders for the posts have faced charges of misconduct during their tenure
Jasleen Kaur | February 7, 2012
The meeting of the search committee to finalise the names of the nominees for the post of University Grant Commission (UGC) chairman is underway.
There are two top contenders for the post - professor Deepak Pental, former vice chancellor of the Delhi University and professor R C Sobti, vice chancellor of Punjab University, Chandigarh. However, the two hopefuls not only face corruption charges, they don't fulfil the preferred age criterion for the post as well.
The UGC advertisement for the position of chairman said that the nominee should preferably be below 60 years of age. Pental is 61 years of age while Sobti is 63.
Professor Pental has been charged by the Shunglu Committee of corruption for building infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games in the varsity campus at an inflated rates. He has also been charged of protecting his colleagues involved in the Cobalt-60 leak case.
Sobti allegedly violated the norms while sanctioning appointments in some posts in Punjab University.
The post of the chairman of UGC has been lying vacant since the end of the tenure of professor Sukhadeo Thorat in February last year.
The voters’ trust in Brand Modi is not a short-term affair – if anything, it is only increasing, or so it seems going by the numbers exit polls have given after the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections. Predictions from three TV channels differ widely but each has the BJP/NDA in the top p
Fact Sheet: Maharashtra assembly elections * Date of polling: 21 October * Date of counting 24 October * Assembly Constituencies: 288 * 2014 results: The BJP contested 260 states, and won 122, with a voting percentage of
The much hyped ‘double engine’ model of governance on which the BJP is seeking votes has utterly failed, and Mumbai and Maharashtra have had to face some of the worst effects of economic slowdown, former prime minister Manmohan Singh has said. A lot of problems facing Maharashtra
A three-term Rajya Sabha member, Sanjay Raut is the Shiv Sena spokesperson and its voice in parliament. He is also the executive editor of Marathi newspaper Samana, started by Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray. Raut spoke with Geetanjali Minhas on his party’s seat-sharing agreement
Ashish Shelar, 47, was the president of the Mumbai city unit of the BJP, before he became the minister of school education, sports and youth welfare in the Maharashta government this year. He has represented the Vandre West constituency in the state assembly and seeking re-election. In a chat with
The Nobel Prize in economics for 2019 goes to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer "for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty." The prize, known as “The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel”, was announc