Patna: Without taking consultation of the state government, Bihar Governor and Chancellor Devanand Kunwar on Monday appointed new Vice-Chancellors for six universities in the state. However, the Human Resource and Development Ministry has pooh poohed the Governor’s decision.

The varsities recommended for new Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor are Patna University, KSV Sanskrit University (Darbhanga), BN Mandal University (Madhepura), Maulana Mazhar-ul Haq University Arabic and Persian University (Patna), Dr BR Ambedkar Bihar University (Muzaffarpur), Jai Prakash Narayan University (Chapra) and LN Mithila University.

According to sources, HRD Minister PK Shahi has declared the appointments illegal.

The appointment of Vice-Chancellor was pending for long and officiating V-Cs were in-charge of the universities due to the tug-of- war between the state government and the Governor’s office.

The Patna High Court had issued notices to both the Governor’s office and the state government in this connection.

Shahi said that the Governor had appointed vice-chancellors in Magadh University and Veer Kunwar Singh University without consultation of the government which was later quashed by the High Court.

According to sources, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar met the governor on Monday in this regard.