The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected the candidate forwarded by the Education Ministry for the post of CBSE chief.

According to officials, the name of Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh had been forwarded by Education Ministry when Smriti Irani was at the helm but the ACC has not accepted the proposal.

“The ACC has not accepted the proposal to appoint Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh as the CBSE chief. It has also been decided that the post will be filled under the Central Staffing Scheme,” a spokesperson of the HRD ministry said. Officials said the ministry received a letter from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) today in this regard.

Mr Singh was Ms Irani’s top choice for the position and the Education Ministry had earlier this year forwarded his name to Department of Personnel and Training.

After the recent Cabinet reshuffle, Ms Irani is now the Textiles Minister while Prakash Javadekar has joined as the new Education minister.

The post of CBSE chairman has been lying vacant since December 2014.