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IIT-D faculty backs Shevgaonkar

Sources in the HRD Ministry attributed the director’s resignation to an ongoing inquiry

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |
January 7, 2015 1:36:15 am

While the HRD Ministry is yet to accept the resignation of IIT-Delhi Director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar, the institution’s faculty is firmly backing the Director.

In a resolution following a general body meeting on Monday, IIT-Delhi’s Faculty Forum said it “unanimously and unitedly” extends its “full support” to Shevgaonkar. “We vehemently protest the malicious allegations and the politicisation of issues in the press and media,” the resolution, which was sent to President Pranab Mukherjee, stated. The President is the Visitor of all IITs.

Shevgaonkar’s resignation has triggered a controversy, with some reports suggesting that he quit after the Ministry allegedly pressured him to release salary dues of nearly Rs 70 lakh to former IIT-Delhi faculty and now BJP functionary Subramanian Swamy for the period between 1972 and 1991. The HRD ministry, while denying such reports, has set up an inquiry into IIT-Delhi’s MoU with Mauritius Research Council, claiming that it violates the IIT Act. Sources in the ministry have attributed Shevgaonkar’s resignation to an inquiry being set up in the matter.

IIT-Delhi had earlier sought to clarify its stand on the issue, explaining that there was no violation in setting up the centre in Mauritius. The IIT-Delhi faculty forum had come out in strong support of Shevgaonkar last week as well, urging him to withdraw his resignation.

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First published on: 07-01-2015 at 01:36:15 am
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