VK Suri, vice-chancellor of Chandrashekhar Agriculture University in Kanpur, put in his papers on Tuesday to Uttar Pradesh Governor TV Rajeshwar. Suri, who completed two years of his three-year term, cited “personal” reasons for the decision to quit.
The governor, who is also the chancellor of the university, accepted Suri’s resignation with immediate effect and directed him to hand over the charge to university registrar VP Kannaujia.
Suri has been on leave for the past one week in Kullu in Himachal Pradesh and Kannaujia has already taken over charge.
There was a controversy around Suri last month when he did not permit Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to meet the students on October 24, allegedly under pressure from the state government.
Earlier, the university students invited Rahul Gandhi for an interactive session at the university’s auditorium. But Suri abruptly cancelled the visit and got the auditorium and the main entrance locked out.
Gandhi, however, visited the university without the security arrangements that he was entitled to as the state administration allegedly withdrew his security. He met the students at the university cafeteria and later accused the state government of being vindictive.
Sources said the reasons behind Suri’s resignation could the financial crunch plaguing the university, political pressure and bureaucratic red-tapism. In fact, Suri had reportedly been trying to move out of the university even before the controversy broke out.