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Now, Prez to have an eye on AU affairs

THE PRESIDENT of India, who is also the Visitor of Allahabad Central University, will now be regularly updated on the goings-on of the university by the AU authorities.
None | By K Sandeep Kumar, Allahabad
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2006 12:47 AM IST

THE PRESIDENT of India, who is also the Visitor of Allahabad Central University, will now be regularly updated on the goings-on of the university by the AU authorities.

He will be informed about all the plans and decisions being taken here by the varsity officials— an exercise that has already been started by the AU administration.

Under the new set-up, the AU officials are now bound by the very Act to do so under which they themselves have been appointed. As per Section 7 (f) of the University of Allahabad Act-2005, it is the duty of the AU Registrar, who is also the ex-officio secretary of the University Court, the Executive Council and the Academic Council "to supply to the Visitor copies of the agenda of the meetings of the authorities of the University as soon as they are issued and the minutes of such meetings."

Under the new set-up, the Visitor has sweeping powers including the power to appoint one or more persons to review the work and progress of the university, including the colleges and the institutes maintained by it. He also has the power to issue directions or take actions after obtaining the views of the EC and the Vice-Chancellor as he considers necessary in respect to any matter. The university is on its part bound to comply with such directions.

The Act also makes it clear that that the Visitor has the right to order an inspection of the varsity as well as its constituent units by officials of his choice and also order an inquiry about any financial or administrative matter concerning the varsity.

"We are bound by the Act to inform the Visitor about all important decisions and matters being put before the members in various committees. Acting on this, we have already forwarded the agendas and the minutes of the executive council meetings held so far at AU," informed AU Registrar Prof US Rai.

The new system, about which many at AU are still unaware, is expected to further motivate varsity officials to keep their functioning transparent and get their house in order.

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