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NEHU body opposes VC’s tenure extension
Staff Correspondent
 SHILLONG, Sept 23 - Upset with the one-year extension granted to North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Vice Chancellor (VC) SK Srivastava, the NEHU's Joint Action Committee (JAC) has written to the President of India to revoke the decision. The NEHU JAC comprises teachers, non-teaching staff and students of the university.

 “We have requested President Ram Nath Kovind to revoke the decision to give an extension to Srivastava,” JAC chairman Xavier Mao said. The JAC has also decided to meet Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, his Cabinet colleagues and members of civil societies to expose the “immoral activities” of the VC.

The JAC will carry out protest marches in front of the administrative building in the ensuing days against the VC, demanding that he step down.

Mao alleged that the VC is responsible for financial irregularities and mismanagement in the university. According to Mao, the university had to return a Rs 48.3-crore grant as the fund was not utilised due to Srivastava’s mismanagement.

“The university paid a fine of Rs 22.4 crore to the Income Tax Department as the taxes were not paid on time last year,” Mao claimed. He also accused the VC of “cheating” through cost escalation while carrying out repair works in the university.

He claimed that the CBI is in the know of these financial irregularities and will start its probe soon. “We will also approach the Lokayukta in due course of time,” he said.

Mao further said that the university has registered one of its lowest rankings under the present VC. The VC gave a false presentation about himself before the previous Governor (Tathagata Roy) regarding the functioning of the university, he alleged. Mao said they would seek an appointment with Governor Malik and lay before him the facts. Similar appointments will be sought with the Chief Minister, ministers and civil societies, he added.

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