One of the oldest science colleges in Ahmedabad, Mafatlal Gagalbhai Science Institute, popularly known as MG Science Institute is running headless after its in-charge principal retired on October 31. The grant-in-aid college is affiliated to Gujarat University and run by Ahmedabad Education Society (AES) established in 1946.
Those in know of the development said that after former in-charge principal V N Upasani retired in October, the administrative staff and teachers were expecting appointment of his successor immediately after the Diwali break so work could go on without hiccups.
While the college is set to open a week later after Diwali break, there is no sign of appointment of in-charge principal or full-time principal, said sources.
The delay even after the AES management has interviewed not less than half a dozen candidates mainly from the institute recently.
“Ideally, the senior most head of the department is eligible to become the principal; in this case an in-charge principal. However, management seems to be hunting for a candidate who can serve the institute for a longer period. Despite interviewing interested candidates, there has been no decision yet,” said a source.
Notably, MG Science holds the distinction of having produced several vice chancellors. The college has given VCs to many universities in the state including Parimal Trivedi (Gujarat University), Shashiranjan Yadav (Kachchh University) and Shailendra Jhala (Bhavnagar University).
Those in know of the development said that of the three, at least one candidate had appeared for the interview.
“At this point of time, we cannot say that day-to-day work is affected. However, it is going to be difficult if we do not have an in-charge principal when the students come in. We are hoping to get the new head of the college soon,” said an official.
MG Science has more than 1,200 students enrolled in UG and PG course. Director of the AES B M Shah said, “We are in the process of appointing an in-charge principal. We will make an announcement soon. The important day-to-day issues are well managed by us.”