Delhi University Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi was suspended on Wednesday, on the orders of President Ram Nath Kovind. The President has also directed an inquiry against Tyagi over allegations of dereliction of duty, according to officials of the Ministry of Education (MoE). The move comes amid a power tussle in the central university.
The President has placed the Delhi University Vice Chancellor under suspension to ensure that the inquiry is fair. And that he may not tamper with material records or coerce the witnesses, a senior ministry official said.
“All orders that Yogesh Tyagi has issued, or issued with his approval, during the period of his absence on medical ground, were set aside and treated as null and void,” the official said.
Tyagi has been on leave since July 2, as he was admitted to AIIMS under emergency medical condition. The government on July 17 gave Pro-VC PC Joshi the charge of VC, until Tyagi resumes office. Joshi will now take over the VC.
Delhi University Vice Chancellor causes mis-governance
The official said, “The VC was not administering the university in accordance with provisions…which caused mis-governance and malfunctioning of DU. That were not conducive for appropriate academic as well as administrative environment of the university.”
“The President in his capacity as Visitor of the University, on consideration of facts and material available on record, has ordered to conduct an inquiry into the allegations of dereliction of duties and lack of commitment and devotion to duty against him.
“The president has also placed the Delhi University Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi under suspension until further orders,” the official said.
A controversy erupted last week when Tyagi removed Joshi as pro-VC on Thursday. Besides he 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. The executive council on Wednesday completed his interview and cleared his appointment. However, the same day, Tyagi notified the appointment of PC Jha as acting registrar and director of the South Campus. The ministry then intervened in the power tussle between the vice-chancellor and the pro-vice-chancellor. Tyagi has made these appointments while on leave and hence they were not “valid”, he added.