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RTI document on FFC over irregularities in NU
Published on 18 Feb. 2009 1:19 AM IST
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After President Prathiba Patil, who is also the Visitor of Nagaland University, referred the case of alleged irregularities in the management of the varsity to the CBI following an internal government inquiry which found university officials guilty, the Nagaland University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) has made available to the media the documents/letter containing the response of the President to the Fact Finding Committee (FFC) which it obtained through an RTI. A letter addressed to the NU Vice Chancellor, Prof. K. Kannan signed by under secretary to government of India, Prem Kumar showed the report of the FFC being considered by the President. On the FFC’s findings that the VC remained out of station for more than 50 % during August 2006 to February 2008, the President conveyed displeasure to the VC while terming it as “excessive”. As per the document, the President noted that the University had failed miserably in discharging its statutory responsibilities including its inability to appoint a regular Finance Officer. The President also asked the University authorities/officers to make a time bound action plan for shifting the office of the VC from its present location at Kohima to Lumami. It was observed that the University had failed to take action against those officials responsible for loss/fraudulent withdrawal of the University fund amounting to Rs 33.77 lakhs. In this regard, the President directed for immediate action against all concerned, including the Controller of Examination who was newly appointed during that point of time and they be divested of their authority, if considered necessary. The University was directed to take immediate steps to complete drafting Statutes, Ordinances Regulations etc within six months. Taking into account all these complaints of financial irregularities/corruption etc, the President referred the whole issue for investigation by the CBI. Prof. K. Kannan was also requested to instruct all concerned to extend full cooperation to the CBI and submit an action taken report at the earliest. Another document pertained to the various allegations made by the NUTA against the University authorities/officers relating to cancellation of the appointment of a Lecturer in the Department of Tenyidie and setting up of a fourth campus of the NU in Dimapur and the subsequent comments of the VC on it, upon intimation by the FFC. As per the document, the VC defended his stand saying that there was no eligible candidate for Tenyidie literature. The VC maintained that some of the teachers without being aware of the actual situation/background tried to create “unnecessary tribal issue” which was however resolved. Having presented the above facts, the VC solicited that “Lecturer in the department of Tenyidie without seeking the direction of the Visitor be not annulled and the action of the University in setting up of Engineering and Management Campus at Dimapur, without approval of the statutory authorities, namely, Academic Council and Executive Council be not rescinded for being violative of Statute 20 (6) and Statute 17 (b) of the University Statutes”.

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