HRD Ministry is set to show cause Visva Bharti VC

New Delhi: The HRD Ministry is set to show cause Visva Bharti Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta, facing charges of administrative and financial irregularities, having got the nod from President Pranab Mukherjee, who is the Visitor to the varsity.

 Visva Bharti Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta
Visva Bharti Vice Chancellor Sushanta Dattagupta
Based on the report of a three-member panel, he (Dattagupta) would be show-caused soon, as the Ministry has also got the approval of the President, who is the the Visitor to the varsity, in this regard, officials in the Ministry said.

The three-member panel, in its report submitted to the Ministry, took cognisance of several enquiries and complaints against Dattagupta including alleged misappropriation of funds.

Dattagupta has been accused of appointing a Controller of Examinations despite having no powers to do so and sanctioning key posts in violation of the Visva-Bharti Act.

A section of teachers and students in the varsity had been demanding the removal of the VC.

On June 23, senior Congress leader from West Bengal and Rajya Sabha MP Pradeep Bhattacharya met President Pranab Mukherjee demanding removal of Dattagupta, claiming that the university has been “losing its glory” under him.

“I expressed my displeasure at the way the vice-chancellor was functioning. The situation is deteriorating in the campus under his leadership and the university is losing its glory by the day,” Bhattacharya had said.

The charges against Dattagupta had also been raised by Bhattacharya in Parliament during the last Winter Session.