The Supreme Court, in favour of the eight newly appointed vice chancellors, allowed the VCs to stay in their respective posts.
The bench of justices including the Chief Justice TS Thakur disapproved the state's allegation to remove the governor from chancellorship of the state university.
"Let the governor continue for now and we will decide the issue during the final hearing," said the bench.
Telangana government's pursuit of easing the eligibility norms under UGC's provision had been struck down by the Hyderabad High Court following the PIL filed by retired professor D Manohar Rao. According to UGC norms, only those professors with 10 years of experience can be appointed to the post of vice chancellor.
The Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Union Grant Commission (UGC) and state authorities regarding its decision on ruling against the removal of governor from the post of state university's chancellor.
Following the dismissal of the four GOs (government order) by the Hyderabad High Court, the state government had earlier challenged the matter in the Supreme Court. Under the GO Ms Nos. 28, 29, 38, 1, pertaining the cases of removing the vice chancellors, the state govt can also appoint any relevant candidate of its choice for the vacant post, respectively.
The bench comprising CJI TS Thakur, Justice AM Khanwilkar, and Justice DY Chandrachud, thus uphold that the directions known as GO Ms Nos. 28, 29, 38, 1, issued by the state government in Sept last year and this year in Jan, is arbitrary and in violation of the AP Reorganisation Act 2014.