Following The Indian Express report that documents showed Pondicherry University Vice-Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy has plagiarised most of the book she mentioned in her CV, the Pondicherry University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) has sent a letter to Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani seeking her immediate removal and a probe into her academic credentials.
The letter from PUTA says that a vice-chancellor must not just protect academic ethics but also “nurture” them, and “this shameful and indefensible act of academic theft and cheating makes her position as head of an institution, that too of a central university, absolutely untenable”.
The allegations regarding her book add to other charges of gross illegalities against her, says PUTA, adding that her appointment by the UPA regime was also fraught with problems.
The Indian Express had reported on Saturday that Krishnamurthy appeared to have plagiarised most parts in one book by her, Legal Education in India (2009 and 2011), mentioned in her CV. Five out of eight chapters and the preface appear to be verbatim copies of papers published by eminent legal scholars. Two other books mentioned in her CV may have never been published at all.
In another move that may prove controversial, Krishnamurthy has called for a meeting of the Executive Council, the top academic and administrative body of the university, on Monday, reportedly to ratify the minutes of a June 2014 meeting which had been later “cancelled” by the HRD Ministry for “violating rules” and repatriating the registrar “without valid reasons”.
A member of the Executive Council said the vice-chancellor had called the June meeting invoking emergency powers “despite a government order to not invoke special powers to call for emergency Executive Council meetings”. “The purpose was to repatriate registrar Rajiv Yaduvanshi, and approve new recruitments and 25 per cent reservation for local students, which is against the very idea of a central university.”
Krishnamurthy was not available for comment.
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