Tainted ex-VC to leave India

Sayeda Akhtar given two years of leave to work in Saudi Arabia

With her leave effective from Wednesday, Akhtar is leaving to take up an assignment as Associate Professor of Shaqura University, Saudi Arabia.

In her application for leave, Syeda said she would like to take up the new assignment `so that she can enrich her experience of teaching and research at a university abroad.’

“We don’t have any communication from the government with regard to her alleged involvement in scams relating to another university. Her request for long leave without pay has been approved by the Syndicate,’’ Gulbarga University Registrar S L Hiremath said.

Recommendations

Though she is also facing inquiry from the Syndicate committee of Gulbarga University, the latter has let her off the hook on the grounds that the inquiry committee findings are too vague.

According to sources, the inquiry committee is said to have to recommended criminal prosecution against her and recovery of a hefty Rs two crore from her. In her parent university here, Sayeda Akhtar has been indicted by Syndicate inquiry committee in at least two scandals.

She has been charged with signing in the attendance sheet while actually away at a meeting in New Delhi. Sayeda also raised huge funds from BEd colleges for hosting a national seminar and did not submit accounts.

No response to RTI

The University too has maintained stoic silence over an RTI application in this regard. She has also been indicted by syndicate committee for delayed results in BEd and MEd examinations.

As for her misdeeds in her capacity as the first VC of Women’s University, two committees, one headed by Justice M P Chinnappa and the other by Justice Venkatesh Murthy have indicted her for financial irregularities, illegal appointments, and have recommended recovery of money from her besides prosecuting her.

Syndicate member Umakant Nigudgi has faxed a letter to Madan Gopal, Principal Secretary, Higher Education urging him not to allow Sayeda Akhtar to leave India in the wake of the inquiries against her.He said her presence may be required at any time to take the enquiry reports to their logical end.

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