Delhi University VC Yogesh Tyagi suspended

Delhi University Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi suspended

The move comes amid a power tussle in the central university

Delhi University. Credit: AFP File Photo

Delhi University Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi was on Wednesday placed under suspension pending an inquiry against him over allegations of dereliction of duty and amid a row over key appointments in the varsity.

President Ram Nath Kovind, who is the Visitor of the University, also approved a proposal of the Education Ministry to launch an inquiry into the allegations of dereliction of duties and lack of commitment and devotion to duty levelled against Tyagi.

Tyagi, who has been on leave from the university since July, was involved in a row over appointments to the post of Registrar and Pro-vice Chancellor and certain other posts in the varsity.

In a detailed order, the Education Ministry listed out instances delay in submission of the strategic vision plan for the varsity for selection as Institution of Eminence, backlog in vacancies in SC/ST category, delay in action over certain vigilance complaints and sexual harassment cases, absenting from official duties without informing the Executive Council as charges against Tyagi.

“… the Vice Chancellor is not administering the university in accordance with the provisions of the said Act, Statutes, ordinance of University of Delhi, which has caused mis-governance and malfunctioning of University of Delhi. This is not conducive for appropriate academic as well as administrative environment of the University,” the Education Ministry order said.

Last week, a controversy erupted after Tyagi appointed P C Jha as interim registrar even as the Executive Council of the university was in a meeting to decide on key appointments.

The Education Ministry stepped in as the power tussle at the varsity took an ugly turn with Tyagi’s appointees and those of the Executive Council assumed charge as Registrar and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the university.

The ministry had also issued orders to declare the appointments made by Tyagi earlier this month as null and void and appoint Pro-Vice Chancellor P C Joshi as the acting Vice Chancellor of the university.