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indra Dev Vs. Meerut University, Meerut - Court Judgment

LegalCrystal Citation
SubjectConstitution
CourtAllahabad High Court
Decided On
Case NumberSpecial Appeal No. 367 of 1974
Judge
Reported inAIR1976All272
ActsKanpur and Meerut Universities Act, 1965 - Sections 10(5) and 33
Appellantindra Dev
RespondentMeerut University, Meerut
Appellant AdvocateD.P. Singh, Adv.
Respondent AdvocateA.K. Yog, Adv.
DispositionAppeal dismissed
Excerpt:
constitution - powers of vice-chancellor (vc) - section 10 (5) of kanpur and meerut universities act, 1965 - ordinance issued by vc amending pass percentage - power of vc to issue ordinance - scope of words 'take action' and 'immediate action' in the act - scope not limited to administrative and executive action but includes legislative action as well - held, vc competent to issue ordinance. - - the amended provisions came into force with effect from july 1, 1971. in view of the amended ordinance, the petitioner was declared unsuccessful at the b. the boards of faculties have recommended that minimum pass percentage of 33% or 36% (as the case may be) be required both in theory and practical separately. this recommendation has also been endorsed by the advisory committee in its meeting.....k.n. seth, j. 1. the scope and ambit of the power of the vice-chancellor under sub-section (5) of section 10 of the kanpur and meerut universities act, 1965, is the only question involved in this appeal. 2. the petitioner was a student of the ishwar dayal parsandi devi degree college, bulandshahr, affiliated to the meerut university. he joined the college in july, 1971, and offered botany,chemistry and zoology as the subjects for the b.sc. degree, the existing ordinance required that a candidate must obtain 20% marks in each subject in theory and practical separately and 33% in the aggregate in order to secure a pass. the marks secured by the petitioner entitled him to be declared successful if the existing ordinance governed his case. before the academic session started in july, 1971,.....
Judgment:

K.N. Seth, J.

1. The scope and ambit of the power of the Vice-Chancellor under Sub-section (5) of Section 10 of the Kanpur and Meerut Universities Act, 1965, is the only question involved in this appeal.

2. The petitioner was a student of the Ishwar Dayal Parsandi Devi Degree College, Bulandshahr, affiliated to the Meerut University. He joined the college in July, 1971, and offered Botany,Chemistry and Zoology as the subjects for the B.Sc. Degree, The existing ordinance required that a candidate must obtain 20% marks in each subject in theory and practical separately and 33% in the aggregate in order to secure a pass. The marks secured by the petitioner entitled him to be declared successful if the existing ordinance governed his case. Before the academic session started in July, 1971, the Vice-Chancellor, in exercise of the power conferred on him by Section 10 (5), passed an order on 30th June, 1971, amending the existing ordinance. The amended ordinance provided that the pass percentage of 33% or 36% (as the case may be) be required both in the theory and practical separately. The amended provisions came into force with effect from July 1, 1971. In view of the amended ordinance, the petitioner was declared unsuccessful at the B.Sc. Examination. There is no dispute that, if the amended ordinance applied to the case of the petitioner, he did not secure pass marks.

3. Learned counsel for the appellant contended that Sub-section (5) of Section 10 of the Act did not confer ordinance making power on the Vice-Chancellor and was confined only to executive, administrative and disciplinary functions of the Vice-Chancellor. Section 10 (5) reads as follows:--

'Where any matter is of urgent nature requiring immediate action and the same cannot be immediately dealt with by the officer or Authority empowered by or under this Act to deal with it, the Vice-Chancellor may take such action as he may deem fit and shall forthwith report the action taken by him to the Chancellor and also to the Executive Council, and such Executive Council may either confirm the action taken by the Vice-Chancellor or rescind the same or modify it in such manner as it may deem fit. In case the action taken by the Vice-Chancellor is rescinded or modified, it shall cease to have effect or taken effect in the modified form from the date it is so rescinded or modified.' It was contended that under the Act power to frame ordinance is vested in the Executive Council and a detailed procedure in that respect has been laid down in Section 33 of the Act. It was urged that as the power to frame the ordinance vested in the Executive Council, it impliedly ruled out the existence of such a power in the Vice-Chancellor. We are not impressed by this argument. There is nothing in Section 33 or in Sub-section (5) of Section 10 to warrant a con-elusion that the power of the Vice-Chancellor under Sub-section (5) of Section 10 does not embrace within its ambit power to make ordinances. Section 33 deals with the framing of ordinances in the normal course. The power under subsection (5) of Section 10 is exercisable when the matter is of an urgent nature requiring immediate action and the same cannot immediately be dealt with by the officer or authority empowered by or under the Act. As the two authorities function in different situations and circumstances, we cannot visualise any conflict if the Vice-Chancellor, in exercise of his powers under Sub-section (5) of Section 10, frames an ordinance, provided, of course, the condition precedent for the exercise of that power is present. There is no dispute that, in the present case, a situation existed where immediate action was absolutely essential. In the preamble to the impugned order, the Vice-Chancellor has set out the circumstances and the reasons which influenced him to amend the existing ordinance. The preamble recites:

'It has been observed that the provisions in the Ordinances, relating to cancellation of marks in various courses on the request of a candidate has affected uniformity in academic achievements, has led to a certain non-seriousness among students and has resulted in the non-recognition of our degrees by a number of Universities. Accordingly, the Advisory Committee in its meeting dated 29th June, 1971, has advised that the provisions relating to the cancellation of marks on the request of a candidate be deleted immediately. The Boards of Faculties have recommended that minimum pass percentage of 33% or 36% (as the case may be) be required both in Theory and Practical separately. This recommendation has also been endorsed by the Advisory Committee in its meeting dated 29-6-1971. As the next session is to commence from July 1, 1971, and the students taking admissions in July, 1971, should know before hand that the provisions relating to aforesaid matters have been amended in accordance with the above recommendations, I, in exercise of my powers. ............'

It is thus clear, that in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor, a situation has arisen where immediate action was called for. It is to provide for such situations that the Legislature vested the Vice-Chancellor with the power to take immediate action.

4. Learned counsel for the appellant contended that the words 'immediate action' and 'take action' suggest executive and administrative actions and these words could not refer to the legislative function of framing or amending an ordinance. We do not find any justification for limiting the scope of the aforesaid words to executive and administrative actions only. The amendment of an ordinance is also taking an action. Etymologically and grammatically also the expression 'Legislative action' is as correct as the expression 'administrative or executive or disciplinary action.'

5. Sub-section (5) of Section 10 provides the procedure after the Vice-Chancellor has taken action in any matter requiring immediate action. He is required to report forthwith the action taken by him to the Chancellor and also to the Executive Council. The Executive Council may either confirm the action taken by the Vice-Chancellor or rescind or modify the same in such manner as it may deem fit. The procedure provided under this provision may be different from the procedure provided under Section 33 which deals with the ordinance framed by the Executive Council but that would not be any indication that the procedure provided under Sub-section (5) of Section 10 was not with reference to the power relating to the framing of an ordinance or amending an ordinance in a situation calling for immediate action. Different procedures may be provided depending upon the circumstances in which an action is taken, but that difference in procedure cannot be suggestive of the nature of the power vested in the authority.

6. Having heard learned counsel for the appellant at length, we are satisfied that the view taken by the learned single Judge is legally justified. The appeal has no merits and is dismissed, Parties shall bear their own costs.


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