Newly appointed HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar has proposed the set-up of an enquiry against the vice chancellors of Allahabad University and Aligarh Muslim University in front of the President. Allegations of financial, administrative and academic irregularities had been made against the two universities, and HRD Ministry couldn’t take the risk of not attending the complaints.
After the approval of the proposal against Zameeruddin Shah, VC of the Aligarh Muslim University and R L Hangloo, VC of Allahabad University, an explanation would be expected why the complaints of academic and administrative indiscretions have not been attended by them.
Lt Gen (Retd) Zameeruddin Shah appointed by the UPA government recently had been the center of controversy on his appointment as Vice-Chancellor after BJP member questioned the selection of army and IAS officers as Vice Chancellors.
The appointment of Prof Hangloo as the Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad University was made by President of India during Irani’s tenure as HRD Minister. Vice- Chancellor has slammed growing “political interference” in the administrative matters of several top universities.
Several irregularities are mentioned in the proposals of HRD Ministry against them such as illegal appointments of professors against the seats in the university, transferring collected funds from students to a private trust, depletion of law and order in campus and gender bias among students.
Pranab Mukherjee’s approval is awaited but now, HRD Ministry is determined to find and do justice whether these allegations are true or not.