President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval to HRD ministry’s recommendation to sack Pondicherry University Vice Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy, facing allegations of plagiarism and misrepresentation.
“The President has given approval to a HRD ministry recommendation for sacking of Pondicherry VC,” said a senior HRD ministry official.
According to a senior official, an order in this regard would be issued soon and will be communicated to the university too.
Krishnamurthy had been issued a show cause notice after a UGC committee found her guilty of plagiarism and misrepresentation. She took charge on February 1, 2013 for a five-year term.
Last August, she was served the show cause notice asking her to explain why she should not be dismissed.
However, the VC had challenged the “procedural fairness” in issue of the notice, but after a court verdict found nothing wrong in it, she replied to it earlier this year. Her reply was studied by the ministry which had then sent a report to the President recommending sacking her.
She had also tendered her resignation last month.
This is the second instance when HRD ministry has pushed for dismissal of vice chancellor of a central university. Earlier this year, it had dismissed Visva Bharati vice chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta, who faced allegations of financial and administrative irregularities.