GUNTUR: The appointment of new vice-chancellor (VC) to Acharya Nagarjuna University (ANU) has taken a twist after Lokayukta taking up a complaint against in-charge VC P Rajasekhar. B Ravindrababu, a Vijayawada-based advocate, has filed the complaint along with findings of the government appointed Chakrapani committee.
The Chakrapani committee had cited irregularities in the university engineering wing and EPF payment to workers. Although the committee cited the alleged role of two senior officials in the engineering department, the VC in-charge dropped the charges without consulting the executive council (EC). The inquiry committee had said that its report submitted in sealed cover must be opened in the EC meeting.
Sources said many professors, including executive council members, lodged complaints against Rajasekhar’s style of functioning with higher education department special chief secretary Satish Chandra. EC member and senior professor, Dr Ratna Sheela Mani, too, has lodged a complaint with the higher education department saying the VC in-charge ignored the EC. Assembly speaker had issued two privilege notices to Rajasekhar on protocol violation charges.
Meanwhile, a resident of Mangalagiri, Goli Veeranjaneyulu, has submitted a complaint to the government against the university administration. He alleged many posts were filled by the interim administration without the EC’s nod. In this background, the decision of the search committee to include Rajasekhar’s name in the short-listed panel has triggered controversy.
Senior faculty members are finding fault with the search committee’s move. The three-member search committee headed by former UPSC member YV Reddy held interviews with 230 candidates who have applied for the post of vice-chancellor last week. At the end of the three-day scrutiny, the panel has submitted a list with three names to the government, including that of Rajasekhar.
Recently, a PIL has been filed in the HC against Andhra University in-charge vice-chancellor Prasada Reddy. Rajasekhar did not respond to the allegations despite several attempts by TOI to seek clarification.