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New controversy in NU
Correspondent KOHIMA, FEB 23 (NPN)
Published on 24 Feb. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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: Nagaland University has landed up in another controversy over alleged manipulation in the Academic Council meeting held at Lumami Campus on Tuesday without the requisite number of members attending the meeting. According to sources within the university, there were altogether 68 members in the Academic Council presently and that as per rules the required quorum was 50% attendance of the members. In Tuesday’s meeting only 15 members and five invitees were present, sources added. However, it was alleged that the vice chancellor, NU Prof K. Kannan manipulated the attendance whereby members of the council present who were Professors as well as HoDs were counted as two members. The five invitees were also counted to fulfil the criteria, sources alleged. Prof. K. Kannan when contacted denied the allegation and claimed that necessary quorum was fulfilled for the meeting. “I am there only as chairman and the meeting started only after counting the members present and the quorum was reached,” he told Nagaland Post over phone. The Academic Council members consist of the VC as chairman, all head of departments and Professors along with five members from outside the University. There are altogether 25 departments including 7 departments at Lumami Campus, 6 departments at Kohima, 12 departments at Medziphema and 6 at Dimapur Campus. Dimapur campus of Engineering and Management, however, does not have any member in the Academic Council as there is no professor.

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