V-C gets extension amid protest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: May 21, 2014 21:12 IST

Amid protest by Left parties and student central association (SCA) of Himachal Pradesh University, the government on Wednesday gave conditional extension to the incumbent vice-chancellor, ADN Bajpai.

The HPU authority said that Bajpai would continue for another six months or till the selection of new vice-chancellor. His tenure ends on May 24. The move was opposed by the Left parties, including the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Student Federation of India (SFI) and left-dominated SCA. The SCA on Wednesday held a massive rally on the university campus demanding immediate removal of Bajpai.

The SCA had submitted a chargesheet to governor regarding the allegations of corruption against the V-C. SCA general secretary Piyush Sewal said that V-C was indulged in massive corruption during his entire tenure and university had suffered financial loss of lakhs of rupees due to him.

"Every third day, the HPU is organizing seminars on the cost of Students' money and getting nothing in return," said he.

He said that the V-C cited Rashtriya Uchtar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) as his major achievement, but it had created a mess in the education system in the state.

Ridiculing the achievements cited by the V-C, he said even naming the university road figured amongst his achievement, which is of no use to the students. "Students were not suffering, if the university road was not named," added Sewal.

He said lakhs of rupees were wasted over felicitating the guests in the university. "The V-C has been inviting some political leaders in the HPU for his personal gains and in the name of welcoming, lakhs of rupees was wasted on cap and flowers," said he.

Major demands of student were still pending, including Wi-Fi access on campus, improvement of transport service and modernization of classrooms.

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