Coimbatore: Within days after issues of corruption in the appointment of teaching faculty, surfaced in Bharathiar University (BU) here, the registrar (in-charge) of the premier institute resigned, levelling serious charges against the vice-chancellor.
On 18 November, P.S.Mohan, registrar (in-charge) and head of the department of Chemistry, said that the higher education secretary had faxed a communication directing him to cancel the syndicate meeting scheduled for the next day, following issues of corruption in appointments.
“As the fax machine in my office was under repair, I didn’t receive the message. However, the vice-chancellor directed me to inform syndicate members regarding cancellation of the meet on administrative grounds, hiding the fact that it was actually a communiqué from the education secretary,” he said.
Meanwhile, the vice-chancellor chaired a syndicate meet on 22 November after taking an oral permission from the concerned authorities. “Even as the preparation for the meet was underway, I then received a delayed postal communication from the higher education department secretary regarding the cancellation of the previous meet.”
“When I passed on the message to the VC, he cast suspicion and put the blame on me saying I hid the government information so long,” he said. This led to differences between the two functionaries. P.S.Mohan, registrar-in-charge said that the VC refused to buy his argument that the fax machine was under repair.
“So I was under pressure to tender my resignation. I did not want to tarnish the image of the university by highlighting these issues,” he said. In a later development, BU also appointed a professor from the Economics department as registrar in-charge in place of the ousted Mohan. The BU vice-chancellor Shri. A Ganapathy could not be reached, as his mobile number remained constantly switched off.