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CJI sets up inquiry into GNLU director Bimal Patel’s faculty recruitments

Bimal Patel recruitments under judicial scanner
Bimal Patel recruitments under judicial scanner

GNLU Gandhinagar director Bimal Patel will face a review committee that has been constituted by the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to look into allegations of Patel’s opaque faculty recruitments.

CJI TS Thakur visited the GNLU campus on 17 September and constituted the two member review committee to look into the allegations against Patel, sources inside GNLU told Legally India.

According to the allegations, potential faculty members’ fitness for recruitment should be tested on the basis of their lecture presentations made to students, to ensure a transparent and fair process.

But at GNLU, Patel allegedly required these presentations to be made to existing faculty members instead of students, said one source in the campus.

The review committee will begin its inquiry this week, sources said.

Patel did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The GNLU administration under Patel is currently also in dispute in the Gujarat high court, with existing GNLU staff members who allege that certain recent recruitments done by Patel were illegal as instead of making those new appointments Patel should have converted the claimants’ existing contractual appointments into permanent appointments.

This year Gujarat high court was of the opinion that Patel has turned GNLU into a human rights violating oligarchy.

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