Nagaland University (NU) teachers on Saturday demanded removal of vice-chancellor and other officials to conduct a free, fair and unbiased probe by CBI into various anomalies detected by HRD ministrys fact finding team.
In a representation to the President of India and Visitor of this Central university through the state Governor and Chief Rector, central executive council of Nagaland University Teachers Association (NUTA) sought the immediate intervention of the President by removing vice-chancellor K Kannan and other three officials for conduct free, fair and impartial inquiry by the CBI.
It is a pre-requisite to ask all concerned officials under scanner to vacate their office and remove the vice-chancellor from the chair so that they may not tamper with records/documents and influence the university employees to depose before the CBI enquiry," the NUTA said.
NUTA office bearers told newsmen in Kohima "that the Visitor gave her ascent for the CBI probe after the fact finding team set up by the HRD ministry detected various financial irregularities and blatant violations of the University Act and indicted the officials."
NUTA president Rosemary Dzuvichu told newsmen here that the association procured the report of the fact finding team through RTI route from the HRD ministry which detected various irregularities in the university, particularly in appointment of teachers and opening of its fourth campus at Dimapur to start engineering and management streams.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Central Universities Teachers Associations (FEDCUTA) also demanded immediate removal of Kannan and other officials indicted in the ministry report to facilitate an impartial inquiry.
FEDCUTA president Aditya Narayan Misra and general secretary Tabrez Alam Khan, in a memorandum to HRD minister Arjun Singh, reminded him that the fact finding committee constituted under the directive of the Visitor had already submitted its report which detected various anomalies including financial irregularities in the varsity.
NUTA office bearers claimed if Kannan and others are not recalled before CBI conducting the probe, then teachers of all the 23 Central universities under FEDCUTA might go for agitations in support of their demand.
Earlier, in September last year the academic activities in all the three campuses of Nagaland university were paralysed for a month when varsity authority and NUTA were at loggerheads over the same issue.