The Devi Ahilya Vishavidyalaya (DAVV) Indore executive council is now awaiting order from the chancellor’s office after its unanimously accepted nominee to the vice-chancellor search panel, Prof Ram Pal Singh, declined to join.
Just a day after being nominated to the DAVV Indore vice-chancellor search panel, Prof Singh’s tainted past surfaced on October 30, causing much embarrassment to the executive council.
As per a complaint by Bal Krishna Arora, former executive council member of DAVV and Awadhesh Pratap Singh University Rewa, to DAVV acting vice-chancellor Prof Ashutosh Mishra, Prof Singh, currently vice-chancellor of Jai Narain Vyas University Jodhpur, was sacked in 2005 by the Uttar Pradesh government and chancellor of state universities (UP) TV Rajeshwar from the post of vice-chancellor of Choudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) Meerut after facing several charges of financial irregularities. Arora also said Singh’s name had surfaced in the 2006 murder case of Meerut University professor Kavita Chaudhary.
However, Prof Singh said the revelation was not the reason for his refusal of the nomination. When contacted, Prof Singh, who is currently in Jaipur, said he refused to accept the DAVV executive council’s offer to be the part of the search panel as he didn’t want to be part of another controversy and also because he didn’t have time for it.
On the other hand, DAVV acting vice-chancellor Prof Ashutosh Mishra and registrar RD Musalgaonkar said they are yet to receive a formal response from Prof Singh, and that the university would now act as per the orders of the chancellor’s office. Once an order is received from the chancellor’s office, date to declare the new representative will be announced, according to Musalgaonkar.
Prof Singh was unanimously elected during a DAVV executive council meeting on October 29 after consensus could not be reached on the name of former executive council member of Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Ajay Chordia.
SEPT 22: Former vice-chancellor Dhirendra Pal Singh elected as NAAC director and nominee for V-C search panel
OCT 26: DP Singh withdraws from V-C search panel
OCT 27: DAVV executive council unanimously nominates Prof Ram Pal Singh to the V-C search panel
OCT 28: Prof RP Singh’s tainted background surfaces
NOV 2: Prof RP Singh refuses to join panel.