LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY (LU) received two severe blows from Raj Bhawan within a week. First, following Governor TV Rajeswar’s intervention, LU was forced to appoint Rajiv Nayan the dean of Arts College. And shortly, Raj Bhawan quashed AK Bajpai’s appointment in the Economics department of LU to the post of professor. Besides, there are some more petitions pending at Raj Bhawan, which could turnaround some more decisions taken by LU.
The blows by Raj Bhawan have put a question mark on the integrity of LU administration—both present and past—and have exposed ill intentions of the varsity top brass. Interestingly, instead of adhering to Raj Bhawan’s directives immediately, varsity sat over them for sometime in the name of seeking legal opinion over Governor-Chancellor’s decision. This again exposes the mal intentions on part of the varsity administration.
For instance, LU took almost fortnight to implement Governor’s directives on the appointment of Rajiv Nayan as dean of Arts College. The Governor issued directives around September end and varsity officials acted on it only a few days back. Recently, the Governor quashed AK Bajpai’s appointment and if sources were to be believed, the varsity had yet to act on the directive. Reason being cited by the officials is Diwali holidays.
There are a few more petitions pending with the Governor questioning various other decisions of LU which, according to the petitioners, are nothing short of arbitrary. Some of the petitions are those challenging appointments made in different departments.
Says a petitioner now that Raj Bhawan has quashed an appointment made two years back and that there was hope that similar decisions might be coming in the near future.
Sources close to LU V-C, however, are not too worried. They say Bajpai was appointed in SB Singh’s regime, so the present V-C was not to be blamed for it at all. The Rajiv Nayan issue was a bit complicated and V-C RP Singh simply sought clarification from Raj Bhawan, hence the delay,” says a close aide of Singh. Whatever be the argument, there is no denying that Raj Bhawan’s circular was a blow to the LU.