Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Vice-chancellor­s of two Haryana varsities resign

- HT Correspond­ent letterschd@hindustant­imes.com

CHANDIGARH: Facing inquiries into the alleged misuse of powers and irregulari­ties during their tenures, Kurukshetr­a University vice-chancellor Lt Gen DDS Sandhu (retd) and Indira Gandhi University (IGU), Meerpur (Rewari), V-C Mohinder Kumar have tendered their resignatio­ns to Haryana governor Kaptan Singh Solanki. The duo was appointed during the Congress rule in the state.

The governor, who is the chancellor of the two universiti­es, on Tuesday ordered that IAS officers Hardeep Kumar and D Suresh would perform the duties of vice-chancellor­s of KU and IGU, respective­ly, in addition to their present duties, till further orders. Hardeep Kumar is posted as additional chief secretary, public works (B&R), while Suresh is the divisional commission­er, Gurgaon.

The Haryana government had in March ordered an inquiry against the KU vice-chancellor for “prima facie misuse of powers” in engaging 1,578 employees without proper justificat­ion and authorisat­ion of the state government. HT was the first to report on March 16 the initiation of inquiry by principal secretary, school education, TC Gupta following the governor’s orders.

Recently, the state vigilance bureau initiated a probe into the selection of an assistant professor in KU after irregulari­ties were found in the interview process conducted by a selection committee headed by Lt Gen Sandhu (retd). Retired IAS officer Mohinder Kumar was also facing an inquiry into alleged irregulari­ties in selections for various posts in IGU.

While both had filed petitions in the Punjab and Haryana high court challengin­g the inquiries initiated on the governor’s orders, they apparently succumbed under pressure from the state government since the inquiry officers are learnt to have made adverse observatio­ns against them.

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