DU vice chancellor suspended, pro-VC asked to preside

DU vice chancellor suspended, pro-VC asked to preside

New Delhi: The Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi has been suspended on the orders of President Ram Nath Kovind, the Union Ministry of Education said on Wednesday amid a huge row over appointments, which was an ugly power fight.

Following the instruction of President Kovind, the Ministry of Education suspended Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi amid a huge row over appointments, which have been involved in an ugly ruling since last week.

The order came a day after the President allowed the Ministry of Education to launch an investigation against Tyagi. On Tuesday night, the president allowed an inquiry against the chancellor, who was accused of “misconduct” and “dishonor of duty” by the ministry.

In a letter to the university’s registrar, the Ministry of Education said that the vice chancellor was suspended until the investigation was completed as he could influence the investigation while in office.

The acting Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor PC Joshi will continue till the next VC is appointed. Further, orders issued by suspended VC Tyagi during the period of his absence on medical grounds will be considered null and void.

Tyagi has been on leave since July 2, when he was admitted to AIIMS Hospital in Delhi with an emergency medical condition. The government appointed Professor PC Joshi as minister in charge on 17 July, until Tyagi took up the post again.

A tussle had recently begun between the university and the Ministry of Education over controversial appointments taken by VCs and compliance with varsity norms.

The play has been underway since last week in DU, with two factions at the university, two registrars, two pro-vice chancellors, and two directors from South Campus. The controversy erupted when Tyagi removed Joshi from the post of pro-VC and replaced him with Geeta Bhatt, director of the university’s Board of Non-Collegiate Women’s Education.

Later the Ministry of Education intervened in the case. The Ministry had issued a written order declaring the decisions taken by Tyagi on appointments to the Executive Council (EC) invalid.

After the controversy escalated, the ministry removed Joshi from the post of Pro VC. However, the sacked officials wrote to the government that they would continue in their posts. This upset the ministry which then sought approval from the President to launch an investigation against Tyagi.

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