President sets up inquiry; DU vice-chancellor suspended

28th October 2020

28th October 2020

The president of India, Ram Nath Kovind has suspended the vice-chancellor of the University of Delhi, Yogesh Tyagi, the Union education ministry said on Wednesday.

The education ministry had asked the President to allow an inquiry against Yogesh Tyagi after a dispute over appointments to the university last week. On Tuesday night, the President allowed the inquiry against the vice chancellor who was accused of "misconduct" and "dereliction of duty" by the ministry.

"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," a government statement said.

In a letter to the university registrar, the education ministry said that the vice chancellor was suspended till the inquiry is completed since he can influence the investigation while in office. Professor PC Joshi will take over as vice chancellor for now.

It all began when Tyagi appointed PC Jha as interim registrar. However, the executive council resolved that Professor Suman would continue as Director, South Campus and as acting registrar till a permanent registrar is appointed.

Tyagi, in response, removed professor PC Joshi as pro-VC and appointed Geeta Bhatt in his place.

 

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