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State planning chairman defends agri varsity V-C

punjab Updated: Jan 22, 2014 21:21 IST
HT Correspondent

Defending CSK-Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University (HPAU) vice-chancellor KK Katoch, chairman of the Himachal Planning Development Ram LalThakur on Wednesday termed the allegations levelled against him baseless: “It's an attempt to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the institution.”

A section of the BJP leaders had accused Katoch of giving misleading and wrong information while applying for the post of V-C.

“A group of university teachers backed by right wing organisations, including RSS, are levelling baseless charges against the V-C in an attempt to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere of the university,” alleged Thakur while interacting with mediapersons after inaugurating a two-day annual athletics meet on the university campus here.

Appreciating the efforts of the V-C in bring the university out of the financial mess, Thakur said those involved in the conspiracy were trying to save their skin, as inquiries were underway against them.
“According to university statutes no employee could become a member of any political or social organisation,” said Thakur, adding with the help of BJP they are raking baseless issues, which are internal matters of the institution.

Accusing the previous BJP government of pushing the university into financial mess, Thakur said it was due to the liberal aid by the Congress government that the university was able to clear its liabilities. He also opined that no political party should interfere into the university's matters.

Meanwhile, addressing the participants of the athletics meet, Thakur said the government was spending `26 crore on promotion of sports that would give impetus to various tournaments and activities.

He said the university was carrying a very good standing at the national-level in academics, but the students should also come forward in sporting and cultural activities.

University officials said around 300 students would be participating in 16 events for boys and nine for girls.