TIRUCHI: The Senate of the Bharathidasan University chose S. Ramamurthy, a retired professor and former Syndicate Member as its representative in the three-member Vice-Chancellor Search Panel, on Wednesday.
Following an election, Mr. Ramamurthy secured 76 votes and the other contestant K. Raghunathan, Secretary, National College, mustered 53 votes. Of the 136 votes cast, 129 were considered valid. The other two members in the panel would comprise a representative of the Syndicate and nominee of the Government. The present Vice-Chancellor C. Thangamuthu's term ends on June 8, 2007.
In the re-election held for the single vacancy to the Syndicate from the Graduate Constituency, P. Natesan of the Government Arts College, Karur, won polling 113 votes. The other candidate K. Mani, Lecturer, A.V.C. College, Mayiladuthurai, got nine votes. There were 124 voters and two votes were invalid.
The re-election was announced after the Returning Officer declared Mr. Mani as elected to the Syndicate in the first exercise after rendering invalid the nomination of Mr. Natesan on technical grounds.
Mr. Natesan later approached the court and obtained an interim stay on the result. Subsequently the court instructed Mr. Natesan to appeal to the Vice-Chancellor, the Appellate Authority.
The Vice-Chancellor considered the appeal and announced re-election after seeking legal opinion.
Even as the voting process was on, Mr. Mani said he was boycotting the re-election. He said he was protesting against conduct of a re-election after declaration of his victory in the first exercise.
As Appellate Authority the Vice-Chancellor should have heard the appeal of Mr. Natesan before the latter approached the court, Mr. Mani said.
Earlier, demanding a discussion on the re-election issue, P. Govindasamy and four other Senators created a ruckus when the house was in session. As several members rose up to criticise the group for stalling the proceedings of the house, heated exchanges ensued. Security personnel had to intervene to evacuate the group out.
Taking the consent of the house, the Vice-Chancellor suspended them for the rest of the session.