The Madhya Pradesh department of higher education (DHE) has ordered an inquiry against Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya vice chancellor Narendra Kumar Dhakkad for allegedly committing several irregularities during his tenure as the Indore division additional director of DHE and former principal Government Holkar Science College.
Dhakkad was the DHE additional director between 2001 and 2004 and held the principal’s chair at Government Holkar Science College between 2009 and 2015.
The inquiry was ordered after the former principal of Government Arts and Commerce College, Shankar Lal Garg, accused Dhakkad of misusing his position as the additional director of DHE and Holkar College principal to favour some of his colleagues.
He also claimed that in 2007-08 Dhakkad had submitted a report favouring the Shri Jain Diwakar College (SJDC), run by his family members, thus helping it obtain a clearance from the government.
Dhakkad has rubbished all the charges as baseless.
In his complaint, Garg claimed that as then principal of the Holkar College, Dhakkar had given `9 lakh as advance to professor Ashok Sharma of the college between December 2003 and January 2004 to help his daughter avail a visa for the US. One must have `10 lakh in the bank account to obtain visa to the country.
Garg said though Sharma returned the amount within week, but Dhakkad had flouted the set procedure that did not allow any government college principal to allot more than `25,000 to a professor.
The complainant also questioned the appointment of Dhakkad as the vice-chancellor of DAVV by raising the age bar for the post.
In a letter to the commissioner (higher education) on August 12, additional secretary of higher education Viren Singh Bhalavi had also recommended an inquiry into the complaints against Dhakkad.
Calling the allegations baseless and unfounded, Dhakkad said: “The government has already given me a clean cheat and that why today I’m here as the vice-chancellor one of the prominent university across country.”