The stalemate between the Nagaland University Vice Chancellor Prof K Kannan and NUTA Members has further deepened as both sides are heading for more collision courses.
Recently, the Vice Chancellor faced police investigation following FIR filed by NUTA officials. Talking to NEPS on Friday, NUTA general secretary, Dr N Venuh said “Nobody including Nagaland University VC is above the law” while alleging there were several other scams in the Nagaland University involving VC.
“We have been protesting against the corrupt practices by VC and his manipulative attitude in appointment of teachers,” Dr Venuh stated adding, “But nothing moved him.” Strangely, while the NUTA members tried to bring out many anomalies in the University, he even wrote letter to Home Ministry saying that “his life is in danger.”
“He was bluffing the Home Ministry,” Dr Venuh asserted and added he had no “security problem whether inside or outside the University.” Stating they have enough evidence of VC’s indulgence in corruption and manipulation of appointment of teachers, the NUTA leader said the VC made the mockery of system when he all out tried to appoint an Ao gentleman for the post of a teacher in Tenyidie department.
“In fact, the Selection Committee had recommended for one M Kevichusa for the post,” he added.
The VC called Kevichusa for interview but he nullified her candidature claiming that the “Selection Committee was wrong.” “This is another blunder he acted upon because it was he who constituted the Selection Committee and he himself is the Chairman,” he pointed out questioning as to how “he could say that the Selection Committee was wrong.” Dr Venuh also revealed that at one of Executive Council Meetings, the VC brought in 11 teachers to be appointed in different departments without going through the Screening Committee and without advertisement, stating that he had the power.
“So we wrote ultimatum to him to cancel his decision of appointment,” Venuh said. “Now he is telling that we questioned the authority of the University,” the NUTA leader averred before adding “Because of these steps taken by NUTA members, the VC took umbrage and suspended the three leaders of NUTA, myself (Dr N Venuh), Rosemary Dzuvichu and Prof GT Thong,” he said. “But whatever we did is our fundamental right and our freedom of expression cannot be muzzled.”
Dr Venuh said the VC’s corruption came to light when Consultants from the Science and Technology, Government of India, came to Nagaland and enquired about the seedlings supposed to be distributed to farmers. Interestingly, the VC entered into MoU with entrepreneurs bypassing the Horti Department at Medziphema. Rs 1.09 crore was sanctioned under Horti by Science and Technology to North East States. “We have raised this issue too,” he added. Dr Venuh also denied that they had been opposing to all VCs, right from the first one. He said the first NU Vice Chancellor was a Naga, who had no scholarly background, followed by Prof GD Sharma whose appointment was “backdoor one”.
“But we welcomed when Prof Kannan was appointed as VC of NU,” he added. “In my welcome address, I told him that he should sincerely work to clean the dirt that had been set in and offered our cooperation to his every effort for the development of the University.” Asserting his point, Dr Venuh said whatever they said or did was the voice of the Association (NUTA) but unfortunately the VC took the matter even “personally.”
“But we have to see the justice is delivered,” he stated.