Published On: Tue, Nov 15th, 2011

President Pratibha Patil to look into complaints on Nalanda University VC’s competence

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President Pratibha PatilFormer president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has distanced himself from the controversy over Dr Gopa Sabharwal’s appointment as Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University.

He said that President Pratibha Patil in her capacity as the Visitor of the Nalanda International University would look into any complaint about competence of its Vice-Chancellor .”The Visitor is the competent authority to appoint vice-chancellor and other teachers for the university. I have full confidence that she will take a decision in this respect with due consideration of related subjects,” Kalam said.

Kalam, recently dissociated himself from the Nalanda university project as its Visitor. Kalam, who was instrumental in the revival of Nalanda University, has opted out of the project saying that his work was done. He stated that as Nalanda had been granted the Central University status, all critical powers like appointment of vice chancellor would be with the incumbent President. The Centre and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar making an exception to the law had requested Kalam to continue as Visitor but he refused to reconsider his decision.

There have been allegations that Sabharwal, who was earlier just a Reader of Delhi University’s Lady Sriram College, is not competent  as per her professional experience to  head Nalanda University. Her appointment as the VC was also opposed by a some academicians recently.