Control D G Ruparel College
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.
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