Raj Bhawan-Govt faceoff: Edu dept withdraws ad for VCs’ vacancy

CM Nitish Kumar had said that there is no conflict between the Raj Bhavan and the Bihar government as dispute over appointment of vice chancellors has been resolved

Raj Bhavan Govt Faceoff

Patna: The faceoff between the state government and the Raj Bhavan over appointment of the vice-chancellors has come to an end finally, after the Bihar’s education department cancelled its advertisement on the issue on Friday.

It’s said that the education department has withdrawn the advertisement for appointment of VC in five universities on the intervention of chief minister Nitish Kumar. Kumar had earlier met governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar on Wednesday evening and assured to resolve the issues. The two had about 20-minutes talk on the issue.

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The education department has issued instructions in this regard, stating that it had withdrawn the concerned advertisement. After this today the education department came on the back foot and withdrew the notification.

On Monday, the education department issued a notification regarding the appointment of VC in five universities. Applications were also sought till September 13. But the Raj Bhavan had already issued the application. It triggered a virtual showdown between the education department and the Raj Bhavan.

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In fact, the Raj Bhavan released the advertisement for the appointment on August 4 and the advertisement of the education department was published on August 22. According to the release of Raj Bhavan, the application period is 21-22 days, which is ending on August 26. In the advertisement of the Education Department, the application period is 22 days and it ends on September 13. This is the third time when Raj Bhavan and education department are face to face on the question of rights.

Earlier on Friday evening, CM Nitish Kumar had said that there is no conflict between the Raj Bhavan and the Bihar government. The dispute has been resolved. He was talking to the media after the birth anniversary celebrations of former Bihar CM B P Mandal.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ajit Chowdhary welcomed the withdrawal of the advertisement for the appointment of vice chancellors by the education department. “This is a good initiative by the state government. There is a federal system. The governor has his limit and so is the government in the matters of higher education,” he said.

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