Centre suspends Delhi University VC Yogesh Tyagi, sets up inquiry

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Team Careers360 | Oct 28, 2020 - 5:22 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Department of Higher Education under the Ministry of Education, on Wednesday removed Yogesh Tyagi as Vice Chancellor of University and set up an inquiry. The ministry is accusing Tyagi of “dereliction of duties and lack of commitment and devotion to duty”.

In the letter, the higher education department said that Tyagi had failed to discharge his duties as vice chancellor. The order, however, comes from the President of India who is Visitor for DU. Tyagi has been on leave since early July due to medical reasons.

The Ministry of Education said: “Professor Yogesh Tyagi as Vice Chancellor of University of Delhi failed to discharge the duties and responsibilities entrusted to him under the said [Delhi University] Act and statues made there under.”

The charges against DU VC

The ministry said that Tyagi had failed to fill the posts of pro vice chancellor, which has been lying vacant since June 2016, registrar, finance officer, controller of examination and librarian. The post of controller of examination has been vacant for six years, the ministry said.

The ministry further said that Tyagi was running crucial posts such as the director of South Campus and dean of colleges through temporary arrangements. Tyagi was also accused of “inordinate delay” in appointing principals and constituting governing bodies.

Tussle at DU

The Delhi University was involved in a comical tussle over the past few weeks by two separate factions, those supporting Tyagi and those against, which put the appointments of registrar, the South Campus director and the Executive Council meeting in a limbo.

As Tyagi was on a long leave of absence from July, tussles between PC Joshi, the acting vice chancellor, and other administrators led to a series of appointments and removal of South Campus director and acting registrar.

After a series of orders and letters between the administrators, the Ministry of Education had to intervene on October 22 to override the acting vice chancellor's orders.

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