Making a U-turn on his earlier statement, Allahabad University vice-chancellor RL Hangloo has written to Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari declaring that there has been no interference in the affairs of the university by the Centre.
“This is to state that we are trying to reinforce the dignity of the Allahabad Central University with our thrust on high end research and development, and the honourable minister of human resource development Smriti Zubin Irani has always encouraged us with her rare flash of brilliance. There have been twisted statements by the press and media which should be ignored in totality,” the VC said.
He added that neither the HRD minister nor any of her officers had ever interfered in the functioning of the university.
Earlier, Hangloo had termed the missive received from MHRD dated May 9, 2016, as interference in the functioning of an autonomous institution. Talking to a section of the media, he reportedly said that the ministry’s step was a setback for the university.
The vice-chancellor had said he would be happy to return to his parent institution (Hyderabad University) and teach there if the Centre desired so. “The Centre is free to close down the university or appoint an MP or an MLA as AU VC if this is what it wants,” he had said.
Hangloo had even offered to resign after the university received a missive from MHRD stating that it had received a letter from AU noting that it had no objection to the offline option along with online applications for admissions in 2016-17 session.