Mumbai: For the first time in its history, Mumbai University’s vice-chancellor, Rajan Velukar, was removed from his post by governor C. Vidyasagar Rao, who was acting in his capacity as chancellor of all the universities in the state.

Mumbai University, which was founded in 1857, is the second-oldest in the country after Calcutta University. In December, the Bombay high court, while disposing petition challenging Velukar’s appointment, said that the selection committee did not follow correct procedure and watered down criteria about the number of research papers needed to be presented by an eligible candidate and also about required experience as a professor in a recognized university.

However, the court left the decision about Velukar’s fate with the chancellor. Rao has asked pro-vice chancellor of Mumbai University, Ramesh Chandra, to work as an interim vice-chancellor till further arrangements are made.