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Governor gives VC marching orders

Patna, Jan. 25: Governor Devanand Konwar today issued marching orders to Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University vice-chancellor (VC) K.N. Dubey, directing him to submit his resignation by Friday. If he does not put in his papers by then, it would be deemed that he had resigned from the office.

The order of the governor reads: “In exercise of powers under Section 11 of the Bihar State Universities Act, 1976, I hereby require K.N. Dubey, vice-chancellor, TM Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur, to submit his resignation from the post of vice-chancellor by January 27, 2012. Or from 27th January, 2012, it shall be deemed that K.N. Dubey has resigned from his post and the office of the vice-chancellor shall be deemed vacant.”

Immediately after the governor issued the order, principal secretary Afzal Amanullah faxed the copy of the order to the VC.

The governor’s order followed a high-level inquiry into various charges levelled on the VC after he assumed the office on August 7, 2010. B.B. Lal, a retired IAS officer of 1964 batch, conducted the probe.

“Before making up his mind for issuing the order, the governor had consulted the state government, which concurred with the governor’s view of removing the VC. The state government communicated its stand to the Raj Bhavan on Tuesday evening,” a source in the Raj Bhavan told The Telegraph.

Dubey told The Telegraph over phone, “As ordered, I will put in my papers on January 27.”

A retired zoology teacher from Ranchi University, Dubey refused to accept that his resignation would be construed as acceptance of irregularities committed by him while working as VC. “As far as my memory goes, I have not committed any mistake,” he said.

Lal was assigned the job of looking into the irregularities on May 10 last year. “During inquiry it was found that after coming to know about the irregularities committed in the BEd examination, the VC got the matter inquired but he did not take any action on the report submitted. It went against him because his inaction on the report indicated towards his connivance with the irregularities,” said the source.

He said Dubey also committed a mistake by appointing a person in the post of matron in the hostel of Sundervati Women’s College though the government had not sanctioned the post.

After submission of the probe report, Raj Bhavan issued a show cause notice to the VC on September 20, 2011. The VC submitted his reply on October 3, 2011. But it failed to impress the Raj Bhavan.