Several complaints later, HRD Ministry moves to sack Pondicherry varsity V-C

Sources said the HRD Ministry has decided to process Krishnamurthy’s case as it has given her enough opportunity to present her side of the case.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Updated: March 5, 2016 8:24 am
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Emboldened by the President’s decision to sack Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta, the Human Resource Development Ministry has set the ball rolling for the removal of another central university head.

According to sources, the HRD Ministry will approach the Law Ministry next week for a legal opinion before going to the President with the recommendation to dismiss Pondicherry

V-C Chandra Krishnamurthy for committing academic fraud, including holding a fake D.Litt degree.

Krishnamurthy, who is currently on forced leave, was served a showcause notice by the President on August 21, 2015, to which she hasn’t replied till date. She was appointed Pondicherry University’s first female head by the UPA II government in February 2013 and has little less than two years left in her term.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) had instituted an inquiry against her halfway through her tenure after an indefinite agitation by a section of students and teachers left the institutions paralysed for days. The students and faculty were seeking her ouster for her alleged autocratic behaviour and mismanagement of university affairs.

According to UGC sources, the probe — led by former V-C of Punjab University Jai Rup Singh, former bureaucrat Nita Chowdhury and ex-director of Indian Law Institute K N Chandrasekharan Pillai — found Krishnamurthy had authored only one book against the claim of three in her curriculum vitae and that she lied about guiding nine PhD students and receiving four research projects. The showcause notice sought Krishnamurthy’s response regarding the following six allegations:

The V-C claimed to have authored three books in her CV, but the probe found only one was written by her and 98 per cent of its contents were plagiarised.

The V-C claimed to have written 25 articles in her CV but the probe could trace only one which was also plagiarised.

The inquiry could not find any evidence of her guiding nine PhD students which was mentioned in her CV.

The probe could not find any evidence to prove she held the rank of a professor before becoming Pondicherry V-C.

The V-C failed to handle the students strike.

The V-C extended the tenure of a Director of the Academic Staff College in contravention of the UGC norms that demand selection should be done by a selection committee.

The V-C had challenged the showcause notice twice before the Madras High Court, but her petition was dismissed. In between, the government extended the deadline several times for her to reply to the notice. The last deadline expired on February 22. Krishnamurthy has now challenged the order of the High Court before the Supreme Court. The matter has not been listed for hearing so far.

Sources said the HRD Ministry has decided to process Krishnamurthy’s case as it has given her enough opportunity to present her side of the case. It will seek legal opinion before going to the President, who is the Visitor of all central universities, to build a strong case for her removal.

The development comes just two weeks after the President approved the removal of Visva-Bharati V-C Sushanta Dattagupta for financial and administrative irregularities. His removal was historic as it was the first-ever sacking of a central university head.

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    Bahu Virupaksha
    Mar 5, 2016 at 3:34 am
    Chandra Krishnamurti was appointed by the UPA regime in total violation of all rules and procedures. The academic record of this woman who is essentially a semi literate individual is bad and she has committed a criminal acts by procuring a job through cheating. In addition to sacking her,the Government must prosecute her for her several premeditated criminal deeds. It is a scandal that a woman with such low grade intellectual qualities can even be considered for appointment as VC.
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      ss
      Mar 5, 2016 at 1:21 am
      It is only in India that you can continue to be in office so long after your fraud has been discovered.
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        babu
        Mar 5, 2016 at 3:55 am
        Sarswati Mata must be reborn in irani body or how come a non graduate can be education minister may be first time in india history a non gadget education minister
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          Krish Menon
          Mar 5, 2016 at 5:55 pm
          she must hv been another cook in sonia his house and therefore she was appointed. remember the appt of our previous lady president whose antecedents were well known! that is the way khangresss, NAC, SoGa and RaGa operated.
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            Dileep Menon
            Mar 5, 2016 at 3:43 pm
            Are you actually sick or simply a paid bhakt?
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              Ramesh
              Mar 5, 2016 at 4:41 am
              I have a idea for the VC.. She just needs to inform our national media that she is being sacked for supporting Rohit Vemula. Game on.. Kujliwal, officeofRG, BDutt and friends will fly down and show support to her with a token hunger strike.
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                Rajan Rajan
                Mar 5, 2016 at 2:20 am
                OMG , now where are the liberal students of JNU
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                  Guru
                  Mar 5, 2016 at 2:56 am
                  HRD Minster takes such a long time to take action against fraud. So much procedures to follow, but to take action against some poor student it does not take 5 minutes and leading to his suicide. That is why Aunty National is extraordinary.
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                    sikha
                    Mar 13, 2016 at 11:54 am
                    A good decision, I am a student of the university and I have seen her work. Not only this, a new VC should be appointed as soon as possible. The university is is full mess and everyone is doing what they want to do.
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                      sri.s
                      Mar 5, 2016 at 4:36 am
                      Why IE trying to spin the story of sacking of VC of Visva-Bharati ? It was the MPs of cpm,cpi, cong and tmc who complained against the VC not the bjp or rss.
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                        Praveen
                        Mar 16, 2016 at 6:21 am
                        She was put on COMPULSORY WAIT and show cause notice issued in august 2015. So she is away from the university during rohit suicide.
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                          Curious onlooker
                          Mar 5, 2016 at 3:35 am
                          HRD wants to appoint an RSS Pracharak as V.C of Pondicherry Varsity. The self generated complaints are reasons enough to make the change. On another count, what authority does a Central Minister have to change the V.C of a State insution?
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                            Ragunathan
                            Mar 5, 2016 at 6:07 am
                            Mr (late) Kamaraj was not educated. He was the CM of TN . Under his regime, he revolutionsied Education in TN. He was responsible for Mid day meal Scheme.One must appreciate Smithi's command of English,compared to so called PHDS.Most of them can not even write proper sentence in English let alone Thesis. This kind of VCS will bring shame to the nation. She should be Sacked.
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                              Rici
                              Mar 5, 2016 at 5:49 am
                              After all leftist criminals and sikulaR DYNASTIC SLAVES HAS SOME standards. They will only target the corpses, where there is a possibility of substantial vote harvesting.
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                                Rici
                                Mar 5, 2016 at 5:43 am
                                This VC is agreat example how UPA appointed VC having same DNA of corruption and lies.
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                                  Rici
                                  Mar 5, 2016 at 5:45 am
                                  excellent idea.
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