Vice chancellors of Madhya Pradesh universities said on Tuesday that they were unable to discharge their duties freely due to unwarranted government interference in day-to-day functioning.
The conference, held at Gwalior’s Jiwaji University before the standing committee meeting scheduled for October 22 in Bhopal, was attended by eight vice-chancellors and officials.
Jiwaji University vice chancellor Sangeeta Shukla presided over the conference, which aimed to bring about uniformity in prevailing Act/Statutory and Ordinance among existing institutions, including government universities, central universities, private universities and deemed universities in the state.
The participants were from BU University (Bhopal) MD Tiwari, DAV University (Indore) NS Dhakad, RDU University (Jabalpur) KD Mishra, Vikram University (Ujjain) SS Pandey, Chitrakoot University NC Gautam, APS University (Rewa) KNS Yadav, Bhoj Open University (Bhopal) Tariq Jafar and JU (Gwalior) Sangeeta Shukla.
“If you dare express your view which is not in agreement with the bureaucracy or the political bosses, be prepared to face action under Section 52 or 44 of the State University Act. You go to attend a meeting wearing a spotless white shirt and come out with a black shirt after a disagreement with the education secretary on any issue. Dissent is liable to irk senior officials and you will face action…,” the vice-chancellor of a reputed university, who wished anonymity, said.
“ The situation reaches boiling point when it comes to recruitment of even a peon. The process draws flak or is marred by recommendations, including from MLAs and ministers, regardless of merit,” another vice-chancellor said.
They stressed that the autonomy and transparency should be adopted so that they are able to articulate the idea of setting up a world-class university in state. Issues like shortage of faculty members, resource crunch, industry partnership etc were also discussed.