THINGS BETWEEN the Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) between the Vice-chancellor (V-C) CS Chaddha and Registrar Parikshit Singh have not improved after the extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) and both are now on letter writing spree even as development work suffers while the committee constituted to look into the financial management has yet to meet.
According to sources after fighting it out in the open by calling an extraordinary meeting of the EC, both the sides are now writing against the other, writing to the Raj Bhawan and petitioning the Chief Minister on the matter. As none accedes to the others demand an emergency situation looms large over the university.
The dispute over control of finances has stalled all development work as contractors have refused to carry out any further work on account of non-payment of dues.
The biggest projects being carried out in the Taxshila campus of the university at Khandwa Road including construction, renovation and repair of several buildings, and laying of concrete four-lane roads has stopped as funds have not been released since the Registrar objected to signing of cheques citing regulations under the Universities Financial Code.
After the emergency meeting it was decided by the members that the current system of maintaining several accounts being followed in the university from the past many years be continued for a fortnight and a six-member committee look into the need for switching over to a centralised system being followed in other universities of the State.
The Registrar was asked to carry on with the working in the present manner for the stipulated period. However, Singh citing his earlier response has refused to clear certain cheques, which he maintains have no proper sanction, and are against the rules.
Chaddha has dashed a letter to Singh on his alleged inobedience in carrying out the directives of the EC. Meanwhile, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists petitioned the Chief Minister on his arrival at the airport demanding imposition of Section 52 and ouster of Chaddha in response of which a delegation led by Rector Sudhakar Bharti is learned to have met the CM.
Joint Director Higher Education (Indore-Ujjain divisions) and EC member Dr NK Dad, who has been appointed on the committee, while terming the subject as an internal matter of the university acceded that no meeting of the committee has taken place after its formation and that more time would be required than the given period for getting to the crux of the matter.
He agreed that the position of the University was different in the sense that it had the largest number of self-financing courses on offer but on the account alone it could not be absolved of following rules and regulations.
He had verbally informed his superiors about the existing circumstances in the university and would prepare a report to submitted whenever asked for by the State Government.
Meanwhile, the university officials too are not happy with the happenings but nobody is ready to come out in the open on the matter. Demonstrations from different quarters like National Students Union of India (NSUI) continue as the war costs dearly on the development front.