Con­trol D G Ru­parel Col­lege

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­dia.net

In a set­back to In­dus­tri­al­ist Nusli Wa­dia, the Pune Deputy Char­ity Com­mis­sioner has re­jected his plea to take com­plete con­trol of Ma­ha­rash­tra Ed­u­ca­tion Trust (MES) by be­com­ing its first per­ma­nent chief trustee.

MES runs seven cam­puses in Mum­bai and Pune, in­clud­ing DG Ru­parel Col­lege in Matunga and New Law Col­lege in Dadar, and also owns their land. A 21-acre plot in Wagholi, Pune, is part of its land­hold­ings. The value of the prop­er­ties runs into sev­eral worth hun­dreds of crores. The Deputy Char­ity Com­mis­sioner also turned down Wa­dia’s pro­posal to ap­point his sons Ness and Je­hangir as per­ma­nent trustees for life, say­ing this would not be proper in a demo­cratic setup and a bal­ance should be struck be­tween man­age­ment and teach­ing com­mu­nity with re­gard to their rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the trust.

In­stead, the deputy char­ity com­mis­sioner N V Jag­tap, ruled that the trust should have three mem­bers from Wa­dia fam­ily, three oth­ers from teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff of MES and one in­de­pen­dent mem­ber from the gen­eral pub­lic who has ex­pe­ri­ence and el­i­gi­bil­ity to run the trust. He also ruled that the ten­ure of the trust should be five years or till elect­ing a new board of trustees as per the scheme.

The order came on an ap­pli­ca­tion

In so­ci­ety’s in­ter­est, it is nec­es­sary to give rep­re­sen­ta­tion to other peo­ple. It is nece­sary to ap­point 7 new trustees N V Jag­tap,

Dy char­ity com­mis­sioner, MES

filed by Wa­dia seek­ing to adopt a scheme, which would re­con­sti­tute the con­sti­tu­tion of MES on the ground, that the old con­sti­tu­tion was not au­then­ti­cated.

The deputy char­ity com­mis­sioner re­moved clause 8 (b) in the scheme pro­posed by Wa­dia that sought to make Wa­dia and sons Chief Per­ma­nent Trustee and Per­ma­nent Trustees re­spec­tively. “Con­sid­er­ing Clause 8 (b) it is seen that the power of ap­point­ment of new trustees is only vested to per­ma­nent trustees ie Wa­dia fam­ily. Con­sid­er­ing the his­tory of MES from foun­da­tion till to­day it is seen that the work of trustee­ship is served by Wa­dia fam­ily and serv­ing teach­ers equally. There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween trustees from Wa­dia fam­ily and other trustees. So it is not proper to give per­mis­sion to serve as per­ma­nent trustees to Wa­dia fam­ily mem­bers only.

The order said “In the in­ter­est of the so­ci­ety, it is nec­es­sary to give rep­re­sen­ta­tion to other per­sons also. So it is nec­es­sary to ap­point seven new trustees as early as pos­si­ble all the con­cerned per­sons men­tioned in the new scheme ap­proved by this au­thor­ity,” the order fur­ther said. Ear­lier, Dilip Joag, grand­son of V K Joag, the founder of MES, had op­posed the scheme pro­posed by Wa­dia to re­con­sti­tute MES.

File pic­ture of D G Ru­parel Col­lege

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