The Madhya Pradesh government may remove the vice-chancellor of Bhopal-based Barkatullah University that is battling charges of irregularities in appointments of professors.
Sources say the state’s higher education department is completing formalities to impose a legal clause that would enable it to replace the V-C.
Though minister Umashankar Gupta who heads the government wing said no decision has been made, his deputy confirmed he had recommended the move.
“I wrote a letter to the minister and higher education department to impose section 52 with immediate effect. The letter has been forwarded,” said minster of state for higher education Deepak Joshi.
“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 added.
The controversy erupted in October 2014 when allegations emerged that 11 assistant professors and a director at the institution were appointed illegally.
Following this, the registrar of the university was suspended for his alleged complicity in the matter.
“I don’t think there is any problem in the university,” said vice-chancellor MD Tiwari. “Section 52 should be imposed only in case of poor administration and other education-related problems. I am not aware of such a decision of the state government.”
In June last year, the higher education department wrote to the governor to set up a probe, take action against Tiwari and initiate a process to cancel the irregular appointments.
Governor Ramnaresh Yadav then formed a one-member committee of retired judge Abhay Gohil to inquire into the matter.