The Governor K. Sankaranarayanan has suspended Vice-Chancellor of the Maharashtra Animal and Fishery Sciences University (MAFSU), Arun S. Ninawe, who has been accused of corruption irregularities in the process of recruitment.
A statement issued by the governor’s office said that Ninawe’s suspension will start with immediate effect.
The suspended vice chancellor has two more years remaining in office.
Commissioner of Animal Husbandry D.S. Zagade will replace Ninawe at the Nagpur-based university, which governs veterinary science/animal husbandry and fisheries bachelor and masters colleges across the state.
The suspension is considered a rare case. “I don’t think any VC has been suspended in the last four decades,” said a senior bureaucrat requesting anonymity.
The teaching and non-teaching staff of the university complained to the governor against Ninawe’s corrupt practices and irregularities in recruitment.
Ninawe was alleged to have victimised university officers despite the high court’s directives.
The report of the inquiry officer and Divisional Commissioner of Nagpur, Anand Limaye, corroborated the charges. Currently, the Anti-Corruption Bureau is also probing the matter.
Ninawe worked as senior scientific officer in the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and as advisor at Department of Biotechnology.
He was appointed MAFSU Vice-Chancellor on May 17, 2007.