The University of Delhi Vice Chancellor has been suspended on President Ram Nath Kovind’s orders, the union education ministry said on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 amid a row over appointments that turned into an ugly power tussle.
The education ministry asked the President to allow an inquiry against Yogesh Tyagi after a dispute over appointments to the university last week to which the president agreed. The vice chancellor was accused of “misconduct” and “dereliction of duty” by the ministry.
As per a statement by the government, “The President of India in his capacity as Visitor of the University, on consideration of facts and material available on record, has ordered to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of dereliction of duties and lack of commitment and devotion to duty against him.”
In a letter to the university registrar, the education ministry said that the vice chancellor was suspended till the inquiry is completed since he can influence the investigation while in office. Till the, Professor PC Joshi will take over as vice chancellor.
Tyagi has been on leave since July 2 when he was admitted to Delhi’s AIIMS hospital with an emergency medical condition. The government had made Professor PC Joshi the in charge on July 17, until Tyagi resumed office.
Last week, Tyagi appointed Professor PC Jha as interim registrar just before the meeting of the executive council. However, the executive council resolved that Professor Suman would continue as Director, South Campus and acting registrar till a permanent registrar is appointed following which Tyagi removed Professor PC Joshi as pro-VC and appointed Geeta Bhatt in his place.
Meanwhile, Prof Joshi had notified the appointment of a new registrar, Vikas Gupta, whose interview had been completed and appointment cleared by the executive council on Wednesday. However, on the same day Tyagi had approved and notified the appointment of PC Jha as acting registrar and director of the South Campus.
The education ministry then intervened in the power tussle between the vice chancellor and the pro-vice chancellor, saying appointments made by Tyagi were not “valid” as he is on leave. Jha then wrote to the ministry citing himself as “acting registrar” and saying that all decisions taken by Tygai are in accordance with university norms. The ministry took objection to the letter and directed the university to take strict action against him.
Source: NDTVCampus, News