Supreme Court suspends Odisha Universities Amendment Act for 3 months | Latest India News


In January this year, the High Court in Orissa upheld the validity of the law by dismissing three petitions challenging it.

Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a stay of the Odisha Universities (Amendment) Act 2020 by which the state government had sought to control appointment to important academic and administrative posts in universities in Bhubaneswar. state, including the recruitment of teaching staff.


A divisional bench of SC judges comprising Judge SA Nazeer and Judge Krishan Murari suspended the law for the next three months after hearing a motion filed against the law by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the retired professor by JNU Ajit Kumar Mohanty. The court requested a response from the Odisha government and set a date for the next hearing on the matter after two months.

In January this year, the High Court in Orissa upheld the validity of the law by dismissing three petitions challenging it. The high court bench headed by Chief Justice S Muralidhar observed that changes to the procedure for recruiting vice-chancellors and teachers for various universities were not unconstitutional.

The Amendment Act 2020, which was notified in the Odisha Gazette and came into force on September 4, 2020, abolished the University of Odisha Act and removed the power to recruit faculty from public universities from the respective senates and gave it to the Odisha Civil Service Commission. Odisha has 11 universities, which are state-run and recognized by UGC. Some of these universities were established before independence. Utkal University was established in 1943 while Ravenshaw College which started in 1868 became a university in 2005.


This year, retired JNU Professor Ajit Kumar Mohanty and the University Grants Commission had asked the Supreme Court to challenge the High Court’s decision. The UGC argued that the state law conflicts with the UGC-2018 regulations issued under the University Grants Commission Act of 1956.



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