The Madhya Pradesh government may remove Barkatullah University vice chancellor MD Tiwari, accused of irregularities in appointments, by invoking section 52 of the MP Universities Act 1973, higher education minister Umashankar Gupta told Assembly on Tuesday.
The controversy erupted in October 2014 after 11 assistant professors and a director at the institution were allegedly illegally appointed. The university registrar was suspended for his alleged complicity in the matter.
In the Assembly, Congress legislator Arif Aqueel sought to know why MD Tiwari was recruited and why wasn’t he removed.
“I know you (Umashankar Gupta) are getting phone calls to save the vice chancellor. I want to know who in the state government is trying to save him,” he said.
The minister said the chancellor (governor) appointed the vice chancellor and not the state government.
“We don’t have the power to initiate probe against him as the same is done by the chancellor. We have forwarded six complaints against the VC to the chancellor. And chancellor in October last year instituted a probe committee under retired judge AK Gohil against the VC,” he said.
“If the need arises the state government would implement section 52 of the Madhya Pradesh Universities Act to remove the VC,” he said.
The date of submission of the inquiry report, which was first scheduled within six weeks, has been extended to March 30.
HT had reported that the state government might remove the vice-chancellor of Barkatullah University.
Minister of state for higher education Deepak Joshi had said he had written to the higher education minister to impose section 52 with immediate effect.
“It is necessary that the state government take over the administration of the university soon because irregularities and scams are spoiling the future of the students. Being a former student of the university, I felt that nothing was going well there,” he had said.
What is Section 52?
According to Section 52 of MP Universities Act 1973, if the state government feels that a situation has arisen in which the administration of the university couldn’t be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Act, it could apply the Act, in modified form “with a view to provide for better administration of University”. The Section 52 says chancellor should simultaneously appoint the vice chancellor under section 13 and 14 and VC so appointed shall hold office during the period of operation of the notification.