Profs, students protest against Pondicherry University V-C

A joint action council formed by students and professors gave a strike notice to the V-C Monday and announced a protest march on Tuesday.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Published:October 28, 2014 2:33 am

A decision taken by Pondicherry Central University Vice-Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy to repatriate Registrar Raajiv Yaduvanshi, an IAS officer to the Ministry of Home Affairs, his parent department, has sparked protests from academics and students. Over 200 people, including professors, students and non-teaching staff gheraoed Krishnamurthy Monday seeking the cancellation of the order, which they said was illegal as a similar decision was cancelled by the Human Resource Development Ministry in July for the illegality in procedures.

A joint action council formed by students and professors gave a strike notice to the V-C Monday and announced a protest march on Tuesday.

The V-C’s order relieving Yaduvanshi had come in the wake of a fact-finding committee finalising its report on a series of statutory violations in the administration, allegations of corruption, illegal detention and torture of a student. The Ministry had also ordered a probe on the recruitment of officials to top academic posts violating norms and qualification criteria. Yaduvanshi was a member of the fact-finding committee. A senior university official said the repatriation order had not given a three-month notice period or followed procedures such as citing reasons or seeking explanation.

Ever since taking charge as the V-C in February 2013, Krishnamurthy’s administration was mired in controversies. Several appointments she made during the first several months invited charges of irregularities and violations. Her appointment itself was questioned.

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