PAU VC Gosal’s appointment illegal, remove him: Governor to Bhagwant Mann
In what appears to be a further escalation of the tussle between him and the AAP-led state government, Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit on Tuesday asked Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann to remove Dr Satbir Singh Gosal from the post of Vice-Chancellor (VC) of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU).
A renowned biotechnologist, Dr Gosal, who turned 68 on October 1, was appointed the PAU VC on August 20, a year after his predecessor BS Dhillon’s extended term expired. Following Dhillon’s exit, senior IAS officers of the Additional Chief Secretary rank, heading the Agriculture Department, had been heading the PAU as administrative heads.
In a letter to the CM, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the Governor wrote that it had been brought to his notice that the government had appointed Dr Gosal as the PAU VC “without following the UGC norms and approval of the Chancellor”. “This act of the state government is totally illegal and cannot be accepted,” he noted. He said since Dr Gosal had been appointed by the government, the CM was requested to remove him without a delay.