Delhi University’s vice-chancellor (VC) Yogesh Tyagi has been suspended on President Ram Nath Kovind’s orders following a dispute over appointments to the university last week. The suspension of the Delhi University’s VC was confirmed by the Union education ministry.
Notably, the ministry had requested the President to allow an inquiry against Yogesh Tyagi, who has been charged of misconduct after controversy over appointments made by him. President Kovind allowed the inquiry against Yogesh Tyagi. In place of Yogesh Tyagi, professor PC Joshi will take over as the VC for now.
The education ministry has written a letter to the varsity’s registrar. In the letter, the education ministry has said that the vice-chancellor has been suspended till the inquiry is completed since he can influence the investigation while in office.
Power tussle in Delhi University
Yogesh Tyagi has been on leave since July 2 when he was admitted to Delhi’s AIIMS hospital with an emergency medical condition. The government had made professor PC Joshi the in-charge on July 17, until Tyagi resumed office.
A controversy erupted last week when Tyagi removed Joshi as pro-VC and appointed Geeta Bhatt, the director of the Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board of the university, in his place.
Joshi had, meanwhile, notified the appointment of a new registrar, Vikas Gupta, whose interview had been completed and appointment cleared by the executive council on Wednesday.
However, the same day, Tyagi had approved and notified the appointment of PC Jha as acting registrar and director of the South Campus.
The education ministry then intervened in the power tussle between the vice-chancellor and the pro-vice-chancellor, saying appointments made by Tyagi were not “valid” as he is on leave.
The power tussle intensified with Jha writing to the ministry citing himself as “acting registrar” and saying that all decisions taken by Tyagi were in accordance with university norms. The ministry took objection to the letter and directed the university to take strict action against him.
The high-voltage drama has been unfolding at Delhi University since Tuesday with two factions of the university supporting two registrars, two pro-vice chancellors, and two directors of South Campus.
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