Under cloud for long, Pondicherry University vice-chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy resigns

The Indian Express had reported on November 22, 2014 that Krishnamurthy plagiarised most of one book mentioned in her CV, which also listed two other books that may have never been published at all.

Written by Ritika Chopra | New Delhi | Published:May 11, 2016 5:38 am
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The battle between Pondicherry University vice-chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy and the HRD Ministry witnessed a dramatic twist this week as the V-C quit her post, a month after she sent a detailed rebuttal to the government rejecting all charges against her.

The Indian Express had reported on November 22, 2014 that Krishnamurthy plagiarised most of one book mentioned in her CV, which also listed two other books that may have never been published at all.

She was served a show-cause notice by the President on August 21, 2015, after a probe launched by the University Grants Commission (UGC) found her guilty of serious academic frauds, including holding a fake D.Litt degree. She had replied to the President’s notice only in April this year.

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According to sources, Krishnamurthy sent her resignation to the President’s office, which forwarded the letter to the HRD Ministry on Monday. The government is yet to take a call on whether it should accept the resignation. “We have received it and the resignation is currently being examined by us,” said a senior ministry official, who did not wish to be identified.

Krishnamurthy, who is currently on forced leave, was appointed as the university’s first woman head by the UPA government in February 2013 and has a little less than two years left in her tenure. The Indian Express could not reach her for a comment.

The government, sources said, is in two minds about accepting her resignation, especially after the precedent set by the sacking of Visva-Bharati V-C Sushanta Dattagupta. Dattagupta, who was accused of financial and administrative irregularities, had also quit in anticipation of his removal, but the ministry did not accept it and sacked him in February this year. His removal was the first sacking of a central university head in the country’s history.

Krishnamurthy’s future has been uncertain since early last year after the UGC instituted an inquiry following an indefinite agitation by a section of students and teachers that left the institutions paralysed. The students and faculty were seeking her ouster for alleged autocratic behaviour and mismanagement of university affairs.

On October 23, 2015, The Indian Express reported that 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 — had found that Krishnamurthy authored only one book against the claim of three in her CV. It also found that she lied about guiding nine PhD students and receiving four research projects. The V-C claimed to have written 25 articles in her CV, but the probe could trace only one, which was also plagiarised.

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    MyTake
    May 11, 2016 at 2:34 am
    What was wrong in plagiarizing inder UPA reign to make some money when the big shots are engaged in sending India to the d o g s to make fortune! Be little fair for Gid's sake!
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      Nathan
      May 11, 2016 at 1:16 am
      When it is proved beyond doubt that The Pondicherry University Vice Chancellor Mrs.Chandra Krishnamurthy plagiarized a w book and lied about publication of two books, it took so long to arrive at this final episode. These BOGUS marks card, BOGUS degree certificates, BOGUS experience certificate, BOGUS caste Certificates are available in plenty in India on payment of prescribed amount of money.lt;br/gt;Degrees obtained from Indian Educational Insutions except IITS and IIMs and some premier insutions like IISC have ABSOLUTELY NO VALUE. BECAUSE OF THIS BOGUS CULTURE PEOPLES' LIVES ARE IN DANGER AS MANY QUACKS CAN PRACTICE WITH BOGUS MEDICAL DEGREES. BRIDGES AND BUILDINGS CONSTRUCTED BY ENGINEERS WITH BOGUS DEGREES WILL FALL RESULTING IN LOSS OF VAST NUMBER OF HUMAN LIVES. The Vice Chancellor who has plagiarized must be criminally charged and convicted. She has set a VERY BAD PRECEDENCE. It is the Duty of The Government and HRD ministry to be vigilant and ensure that No CON Man or CON Woman Gets any Government job. If this Bogus And Fake culture is Not Stopped , I think American ,Canadian and British educational insutions may STOP admitting students from India. In U.S Whenever any paper is to be published in a journal , Panel of referees thoroughly go through the article before accepting it. It is evaluated by atleast three persons and it takes nearly one year to get a single paper published. I do not know what system prevails in India if at all there is any such thing.
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        abc
        May 11, 2016 at 5:49 am
        a big lesson for search committee
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          Aadhavan
          May 12, 2016 at 6:26 am
          She should be sacked by MHRD instead of accepting resignation. She must be imprisoned for fake degree, plagiarism,maladministration and for unleashing the violence in the university with the help of her puppets. Then only we will get the JUSTICE.
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          Ajay Gupta
          May 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm
          Vice-chancellor of a University is a political appointment. How was the lady appointed in the first place, without verifying her credentials and academic achievements? If her appointment was political then her removal also has to be political. Any fake records has to be taken seriously and appropriate action should be taken, so that it is not encouraged down the line.
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          Anjaneya Swamy
          May 12, 2016 at 1:12 pm
          Apart from this epic academic scandal,there are a few more with manited Date of Birth Certificates and exaggerated claims of number of Ph.Ds produced !! They also need to be brought to justice !!
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            arun
            May 11, 2016 at 6:46 am
            Now RSS has cleared the obstacle and will now appoint a BRAHMIN as VC.
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              Bahu
              May 11, 2016 at 5:05 am
              The Ministry must proscecte Chandra Krishnamurti for her criminal misconduct in faking her CV in order to get the VC ship of a Central University. The Modi Sarkar will bring the growing crisis in higher education under control if it shows political will.
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