The Madras High Court on Tuesday appointed T.N. Seshan, retired chief election commissioner, as the interim administrator (IA) of the Pachaiyappa’s Trust, with immediate effect.
Passing orders on applications relating to the functioning of the management of the trust running under a new scheme framed by the court, the court said the IA would administer the trust until a new board of trustees took charge after conducting elections for the trust board.
After assuming charge, the administrator would make necessary preparations to conduct elections for five vacancies in the trust board. In view of the grave situation created by non-filling up of posts, he would specifically attend to the question of filling up of vacant posts in the colleges run by the trust, besides his other work.
The court said serious complaints had been made regarding the large number of vacancies of teachers in various colleges run by the trust. Since recruitment of teachers was governed by the Tamil Nadu Private Colleges (Regulations) Act, the process of filling up the vacancies need not wait for the completion of the election, which is likely to take some more time.
Until the full strength of the trustees was established by due process of law, the IA would exercise all powers vested with the trustees under the scheme, including administration, financial and all personnel management and in all activities of the trust, the court said.