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NUTA, NUNSTA blast Vice Chancellor
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Oct. 2009 12:54 AM IST
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The Nagaland University Teacher’s Association (NUTA) Kohima campus and Nagaland University Non-Teaching Staffs Association (NUNTSA) Kohima have revealed that a financial mismanagement scam has surfaced in the University. Addressing a joint press conference on Monday at the NU conference hall, the executive members from both the associations alleged that NU Vice Chancellor, Prof. K. Kannan had withdrawn Rs. 20 crores kept in fixed deposits in Central Bank of India and transferred it to SBI, Kohima main branch. The executive members said that the withdrawal of the money was highly irregular and violated the financial rules of the university and added that the Rs, 20 crore was meant for development of Nagaland University. They revealed that the development funds should be kept in “current account” and not in fixed deposits, as per university rules and wondered why the Vice Chancellor was floating all norms and rules. They also questioned as to where the money accrued from fixed deposits during the last many years has gone. Both the sister organizations also appealed the Naga civil societies, churches, political parties and all people to come together to wipe out the corruption taking place in the Nagaland University. The members also alleged that the Vice Chancellor was out of office for 300 days and used to be in office for only 65 days in a year. They further alleged that the VC failed to conduct the meeting of various council meetings such as Planning board, University Court etc. It also alleged that the university was run by one deputy registrar and three assistant registrars and disclosed that there was a huge shortage of non-teaching staff in the university. The NUTA and NUNSTA regretted that since inception in September, 1994, Nagaland University has “no ordinance of its own and still following the NEHU ordinance” and have taken the university to a back-stage. On the recently advertised 97 vacancies, of which 18 were reserved for Scheduled Tribes by the Nagaland University, the NUNTSA said that according to a memorandum of the Union ministry for Personnel, Public Grievances Pensions, Department of Personnel and Training, 45 % of the Group C and D should be reserved for local populace of STs and 55 % unreserved. However, according to advertised vacancies Group C and D comprised of 80 vacancies and only 16 were reserved for STs, the NUNTSA revealed. The NUNTSA described this as unacceptable and that it need be rectified and needful be done immediately so as to avoid any unwanted consequences. It was also alleged that no departmental promotion exams were conducted during the last many years, claiming that many of the staffs’ promotion were due. During the press conference it was revealed by the NUNTSA that the Vice Chancellor had sanctioned Rs.30 lakhs for shifting of NU, Kohima to its headquarters in Lumami, which it alleged was another violation of financial procedure by the VC and wondered how the 300 staff could be shifted blindly when there were no quarters, water and power and even the land issue not settled. Meanwhile, the NUTA reiterated its demand that the Vice Chancellor should be immediately removed, as he was already under CBI scanner. “The CBI is conducting investigation against him on the matter of various financial irregularities, so he should be immediately removed from his chair” the NUTA official said and demanded an impartial and unbiased enquiry from the CBI. The NUTA disclosed that it had already submitted a 16-point memorandum to the state chief minister in August demanding the immediate removal of VC for his alleged financial irregularities and failure to run the affairs of the university. Apology demanded Meanwhile, the NUTA and NUNTSA have demanded apology from the VC and withdrawal of the “controversial letter” in which he said that the issue raised by them was an administrative decision and hence, “the teaching and non-teaching staff have no role to interfere in the routine matters of administration.” The VC, through the university Registrar, Dr. P. H. Naik in a letter has also said that with regard to the funds of the university, the powers were vested with the finance officer for protection, controlling and monitoring of funds and its best utilization. (Contd on page 11) NUTA, NUNSTA blast Vice Chancellor (From page 1) “Undue interference in the routine administrative affairs of the university is beyond the purview of the teaching and non-teaching associations,” the VC said. He had also advised the two associations to withdraw their letters, in the interest of the smooth functioning of the university. Stating that the letter was a “direct insult and disrespect” to them, the NUTA and NUNTSA demanded the VC to withdraw the letter and an apology be tendered within 4 p.m of Monday. The two associations also said that their earlier representation and ultimatum remained valid. The NUTA and NUNTSA said that they deemed it obligatory, as staff/employees of the university, to voice concern for the best interest of the university. “Yet most unfortunately, you chose to suppress our democratic rights by saying that we have no role in the university administration as we are very much part and parcel of the university,” the two bodies said. It was pointed out that a regular finance officer has not been recruited till date and added that a finance officer was not vested with the powers to open new fixed deposits.

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