IMPHAL: The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry submitted a written to President Ram Nath Kovind and has sought his approval for the removal of Manipur University’s vice-chancellor A P Pandey over allegations of administrative irregularities.
Earlier, there were reports which stated Pandey has allegedly been holding back several important files at his Sanjenthong residence. It stated that the current administrator, Jarnail Singh was informed by the University staff that 10 files were sent to his residence at Sanjenthong about few months back.
Since then, there has been no information of the return of the files to the successive vice-chancellors. It was observed that the files needed to be scrutinised regarding the charges levelled against Pandey.
The ministry’s action comes after a two-member inquiry committee indicated that there was substance in allegations of prolonged absence, and some other charges brought against Pandey, who has been heading the central university since 2016.
According to reports, an official said that the HRD ministry has written to the president about the issue, as he is the chancellor of all central varsities. The ministry has suggested that the vice chancellor be removed.
Earlier, the teachers and students had also protested on the campus during Pandey’s term. In September 2018, the HRD ministry suspended Pandey, citing concerns over the volatile law-and-order situation on the campus. It also handed over the administration of the university to Manipur chief secretary Jarnail Singh, who is listed as vice-chancelloron the Imphal-based varsity’s official website.
Pandey said he was not aware that the ministry was seeking his removal. In the past, he said that he was being targeted by a section of teachers and students, who were supported by political parties, especially those belonging to the Left.