The vice-chancellor of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University in Muzaffarpur, Bimal Kumar, has asked the authorities concerned to stop the salary of principals of 39 constituent and 17 affiliated colleges.
The VC has served showcause notices on the principals for their alleged negligence to abide by the state government’s directives. The government had sought data capture forms to be filled in by the end of May 2012. A data capture form provides college-related information.
Bimal said he has taken a strong exception of the “lethargic approach” of the principals and sought an explanation. The VC added that he has stopped the salary payment of the principals with effect from June 1.The development officer of the university, Bipin Kumar Rai, had asked the principals to furnish the requisite details of the need of infrastructure, strength of teachers, students, particulars of accommodation, number of classrooms, college properties and hostels on the form. “The principals were repeatedly requested to fill up the forms online and keep hard copies,” Rai said.
Some of the principals said the VC’s action was unjustified. “I have replied to the showcause notice. The decision to stop the salary is unjustified,” said Ram Pratap Niraj, the principal of KTS College in Raxaul.
The government had explored possibilities to facilitate funds from the University Grants Commission and the Centre to equip the colleges with necessary infrastructure. The state has initiated the move to get funds from the UGC and the Centre for the development of the colleges.