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NUTA seeks govt. intervention
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Sep. 2009 12:13 AM IST
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Nagaland University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) has asked the state government to step in to check the various irregularities taking place in the university and see its functioning. “Why the state government is silent so far when there has been various irregularities taking place” NUTA officials told a press conference here on Saturday. NUTA officials also revealed that they have obtained several reports such as the Fact Finding Committee report and the bank transactions of the university through Right to Information (RTI) Act. Revealing the bank transactions of Nagaland University, the NUTA officials said that the RTI provided startling reports that crores of money meant for infrastructural development works were save under “fixed deposit” in various banks in Kohima. They said such deposits were “highly illegal” according to university rules and alleged that the Vice Chancellor had even threatened a bank manager for providing information. NUTA further alleged that the VC had also threatened the bank manager over higher interest rate for keeping the money and that the manager had nothing to do with hike in interest rate. Condemning the VC’s act, the NUTA also demanded to know where the interest money incurred out of the fixed deposit had disappeared. It informed that the NU has bank transactions in three banks in the state capital. Asked on the two visits of CBI team to Nagaland to investigate into the alleged anomalies in Nagaland University, the NUTA said it had not met the team, but alleged that the VC has sent vehicles to pick them, provided them hospitality and also entertained them with sight seeing and even hosting picnics. “We have written a serious letter on this to the CBI director and awaiting reply,” they university teachers disclosed. They demanded that the CBI should conduct a free and fair investigation into the alleged anomalies taking place in NU. The CBI team arrived Nagaland once in March and another in September to conduct investigations into various anomalies, including financial implications involving crores of rupees allegedly being misused by top NU authorities. Nagaland University has been plagued with frequent protests and complaints for a long time from students and teachers over numerous irregularities. NUTA officials claimed that according to university rules, the VU has the authority to appoint pro-chancellor and pointed out that since NU has three campuses, there had to be three pro-chancellors. The university teachers also revealed that the VC had given show cause notice on September 8 to two of its members asking them to reply within 10 days. They said the two members have given their reply to the VC on September 18. Stating that all issues were being raised by the association and not by individuals, the NUTA said that the VC should not issue threat, target or show cause notice to any individual. It also claimed that NUTA in all the three campuses had objected to the VCs show-cause notice and strongly condemned the act.

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