The Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, in his capacity
as the Chancellor of the Mumbai University has started the process to appoint the
Vice Chancellor in place of Prof Rajan Welukar, whose five year term ends on
The governor’s secretary, Vikas Chandra Rastogi, informed
Welukar that since his term would come to an end in July it is essential to
appointment a search committee for the selection and appointment of a new VC.
A senior Mumbai University official said that in view of
Rastogi’s communication, a joint meeting of the management and academic council
would be convened in the first week of February after issuing a notice.
Welukar’s five-year tenure was marked by a series of
controversies. A former vice-chancellor of Y B Chavan Open University,
Welukar’s appointment was challenged before Bombay high court and the case is
A former V-C welcomed Raj Bhavan’s initiative to appoint a
new vice-chancellor. “I feel the process has been started well in advance,
so that there is absolutely no scope for appointment of an acting
vice-chancellor. We expect that the entire process will be completed before
Welukar’s term comes to an end,” he said, ToI reported.