NEHU’s JAC to decide further course of action against extension of Vice Chancellor tenure

Nehu Shillong

Shillong, Sept 23: A Joint Action Committee that opposes extension of the tenure of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) Vice Chancellor, Prof. S.K. Srivastava will meet on Friday to discuss the matter, and decide further course of action.

The JAC comprises associations and unions in NEHU.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is also the Visitor of the NEHU, extended the service of Prof. Srivastava for a period of one year or until a fresh appointment, whichever is earlier, as his term expired on September 23, 2020.

According to JAC Chairman Prof. Xavier P. Mao, the JAC would also to meet Governor Satya Pal Malik, who is the Chief Rector of NEHU, besides Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, other ministers in Meghalaya and members of Civil Societies to expose the “immoral activities” of the present Vice Chancellor.

The JAC opposed extension of service of the present Vice Chancellor on the grounds that he has failed in all respects which “brought down the university to the lowest level in all ranking assessments.”

The JAC had also accused the incumbent Vice Chancellor for financial irregularities and mismanagement of the University.

“The University had to return a Rs 48.3 crore grant as the fund wasn’t utilized due to Prof. Srivastava’s mismanagement,” Prof. Mao said, adding that the University paid a fine of 22.4 crore to the Income Tax department as the taxes were not paid on time last year.

The JAC Chairman also accused the Vice Chancellor of “cheating” through cost escalation while undertaking repair works in the University.

He also claimed that the CBI is in the know of these financial irregularities and in a short time would start its probe.

“We would also be approaching the Lokayukta in due course of time,” Prof. Mao said.