Delhi University often remains in news for some cases or the other. This time it has been in the news for a dispute over the appointment of a professor by the university vice-chancellor. He was accused of “dereliction of duty” and “misconduct” in the appointment process. He is suspended by the president and for now, professor PC Joshi will take over as the vice-chancellor of the university.
It all started when Mr. Tyagi appointed Professor PC Jha as the interim registrar last week. He did this before the executive council meeting was set to happen. However, it was a different view on the part of the executive council. They wanted to appoint professor Suman as acting registrar till they appoint a permanent registrar. Professor Suman was also likely to continue as the director of the south campus. After this declaration, Mr. Tyagi removed professor Joshi as Pro-VC and appointed Geeta Bhatt in his place.
Charges against the vice-chancellor; what the government said
Since Mr. Tyagi was on leave due to his health conditions, the education ministry had to intervene to control the situation as the war between the pro-VC and VC had worsened. They declared Mr. Tyagi’s appointment as invalid and also accused him of misconduct and dereliction of duty. And then, president Kovind suspended him as per the allegations. A government statement revealed, “The President of India in his capacity as Visitor of the University, on consideration of facts and material available on record, has ordered to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of dereliction of duties and lack of commitment and devotion to duty against him.”
The university functions are hampered
This is the first time in 98 years that the president had to intervene in handling the matter of a university. Since Mr. Tyagi was already on leave, his duties were hampered. And after this whole incident took place, the university functioning is getting hampered ruthlessly. Various political aspects are also being looked out as DUTA head said, “Is this about justice for the teachers and the University or part of the muscle-flexing being witnessed over the last week or so” in a statement. We have to wait for some time now to understand how the events turn out.
The PolicyTimes suggestion
- As the highest governing body, the president of India has ordered the suspension, it is therefore going to be a strong case against the chancellor. As the inquiry kicks off, the authorities must take into consideration that fair investigation is carried out for the same.
- When you are in control of a powerful position, like that of the vice-chancellor of a prestigious university, you must be aware of your actions. Mr. Yogesh Tyagi must have made wise decisions so that he would not have to suffer like this.
- If the vice-chancellor is proven guilty after the inquiry, strict actions must be taken against him so that it can set an example for others before they think of any such “misconducts’ ‘ in appointing a professor.