Allahabad varsity okays online, offline tests after VC offers to quit

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Allahabad
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 15:26 IST
File photo of Allahabad University campus. (AFP)

Allahabad University will conduct all its entrance tests for admission to session 2016-17 in both online and offline modes. A decision in this regard was taken at an emergency meeting of university’s admission committee held on Wednesday.

The meeting was convened following a missive from union ministry of human resource development dated May 9 virtually stating that it had received a letter from AU noting that the university had no objection to the offline option also along with applications received online for admissions in the 2016-17 session and that the process would be online only from session 2017-18.

Confirming the decision, director of AU admission cell BN Singh said that all entrance tests for the undergraduate courses (UGAT) would be held as per the earlier announced schedule on May 25 and 26, while new dates for post-graduate admission test (PGAT) would be announced later.

Earlier, university vice-chancellor threatened to leave with his associates alleging that “political interference” has brought the administrative machinery of Allahabad University to a “standstill”. He said MPs or MLAs can be made V-Cs instead of academics to toe the government line.

Vice-chancellor RL Hangloo called it an interference in an autonomous institution and a “setback for the university”, offering to resign. “The Centre is free to either close down the university or appoint an MP or an MLA as Allahabad University VC if this is what it wants,” he said, maintaining that the ministry’s stand on the issue had disappointed the university.

The V-C termed politics as the main hurdle and said he would be happy to return to his parent institution (University of Hyderabad) and teach there if the Centre so desired.

SP threatened him, says Irani

A confrontation between the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani and Samajwadi Party (SP) MPs rocked the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after the minister accused the party of meddling with administrative affairs of the Allahabad University and threatening its vice-chancellor.

While the HRD minister displayed a letter that her ministry had received from the university, the SP referred to the VC’s fresh comments accusing the ministry of interference. “The university told (us) that on the morning of 9th (May), nearly 30 vehicles associated with a political party came to declare their support to the students’ union and threatened the VC.” Irani said. She was responding SP’s Arvind Kumar Singh’s statement about the ongoing hunger strike by the students’ union members, protesting against the decision to conduct admission tests online.

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