COIMBATORE: Several academicians from Coimbatore echoed the view that it was better late than never, that Dr A. Ganapathy vice-chancellor of the Bharathiar University (BU) was finally caught red-handed and arrested for accepting money in exchange of issuing appointment orders for various posts at the varsity during his tenure.
Dr T. Veeramani, president, Government College Teachers Association told DC “if (the VC is) proved guilty, the government must take immediate action against him. I am especially worried about what happens next. A VCs' committee will be formed in his place. Syndicate members outside of the university must be appointed for smooth functioning of the varsity in the VCs' absence.”
Dr Veeramani also alleged that several individuals, who were hand-in-glove with the tainted VC and allegedly worked as middle-men must also be punished. Off the record, Dr Veeramani revealed names of few “brokers” who took home a commission for ensuring that candidates got university posting while Dr Ganapathy allegedly got the money that he demanded.
Regretting that “it is a matter of shame” that such irregularities occur in the higher education, Dr C. Pichandy, former general secretary, Association of University Teachers (AUT) said, “law should take the right course.
The government should not look at this as an isolated case. A committee headed by a sitting judge from the Madras High Court must be appoint to conduct a thorough investigation into all recent appointments made during the last decade at the Bharathiar University and other varsities like Periyar University, Salem, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, and Manonmaniam Sundaranar University,Tirunelveli.” he said. By doing so “a number of skeletons will come out of the cupboards of the university portals.” he claimed....