PRESIDENT PRANAB Mukherjee has approved the HRD Ministry’s proposal to launch an inquiry against Allahabad University Vice-Chancellor R L Hangloo. As first reported by The Indian Express on October 4, Rashtrapati Bhavan had received two proposals from the ministry recommending a probe into allegations of financial, administrative and academic irregularities against Hangloo and his Aligarh Muslim University counterpart, Zameeruddin Shah.
The ministry, sources said, is still waiting for Mukherjee’s nod in Shah’s case.
Hangloo was in the news recently for lashing out against political interference in the working of Allahabad University. He assumed office in December last year during Smriti Irani’s tenure as HRD minister. According to sources, the ministry had listed several irregularities against both Shah and Hangloo to justify the proposed probe.
The allegations against Hangloo include:
# Illegal appointments in posts such as OSD and sports trainer, which do not exist.
# Financial irregularities, including monthly expenditure of Rs 10 lakh on the V-C’s personal security, and Rs 70 lakh to repair V-C’s accommodation.
# Academic irregularities, including mismanagement of the university’s entrance test for undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes.
# Unhealthy atmosphere on the varsity campus, including a prevailing sense of gender insecurity.
Sources said a showcause notice will be issued to Allahabad University, seeking an explanation on why an inquiry should not be instituted to look into complaints of financial, administrative and academic irregularities. If dissatisfied with the initial response, the HRD ministry will then launch a visitorial inquiry.