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Pondicherry University once again in controversy

PU Vice Chancellor (VC) in-charge Anisa B Khan relieved J Sampath from the post of registrar in-charge on February 26 and posted M Ramachandran the same day. Ramachandran assumed charge the same afternoon. Sampath passed an order the next day stating that Anisa Khan’s term as dean expired on February 27 and hence her posting as VC had also been annulled.

Sampath said R Prabhakara Raya was posted as VC in-charge, effective February 28 as he was the senior-most dean as per university records.

Raya, on assuming charge as VC, on February 29, withdrew and cancelled Anisa Khan’s order and declared that Sampath would continue as registrar.

“It is nepotism at its height in the university,” said a faculty member on condition of anonymity. The camp close to Anisa Khan said she removed Sampath as registrar after receiving information from the Union human resource ministry that he was under the central vigilance commission (CVC) radar for his reported involvement in illegal activities. She was given details about the CVC case against him when she attended the VCs’ meeting in New Delhi a few days ago.

A member of the Anisa camp said, “Once the senior-most dean is appointed VC, as per the statutes of the university, he/she will discharge the duties of VC until a full-time VC is appointed.”

Anisa Khan was appointed VC on August 21 as she was the senior-most dean. This was after Chandra Krishnamurthy was placed under ‘compulsory wait’ following a series of charges against her including plagiarism, misadministration, and misrepresentation of facts while applying for the post. They said the eligibility criteria of ‘senior-most dean’ was only for ‘entry’ and ‘not for exit.’

Raya said he received the orders at 8.30pm on February 27. “We have launched an inquiry to find whether Anisa Khan passed an order on February 26 removing Sampath as registrar,” Raya said.

The registrar is a key post and hence we withdrew Anisa Khan’s order and declared that Sampath would continue. There is no confusion here. I assumed charge on February 29. We can get more details after a detailed inquiry,” the vice chancellor said.

Days before Sampath was relieved of the post, he had written to the deputy secretary (higher education), Union HRD ministry stating that the statutes of the university did not mention that the ‘position of VC was co-terminus’ with the position of dean and maintained that incumbent VC (Anisa Khan) could continue in office until a new VC was appointed, reported ToI.

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