Armymen as registrars

Governor-cum-chancellor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday appointed 10 army personnel as new registrars of universities. Out of 12 universities where regular registrars were appointed on Tueday, 10 are from the army background, in the rank of brigadier and colonel.

By Roshan Kumar in Patna
  • Published 4.04.18
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Patna: Governor-cum-chancellor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday appointed 10 army personnel as new registrars of universities. Out of 12 universities where regular registrars were appointed on Tueday, 10 are from the army background, in the rank of brigadier and colonel.

Two universities - TMBU Bhagalpur University and KSD Sanskrit University Darbhanga - will be looked after by retired deputy collector-rank officials. For Patna and Patliputra universities in Patna, Colonel Manoj Mishra and Colonel Kamesh Kumar have been appointed as registrars respectively.

"The chancellor's office has appointed 10 army personnel in order to streamline the varsity's functioning," said Brijesh Mehrotra, principal secretary to the governor. "Army personnel have been given the task as it has been observed that they are strict and also detached from the university's functioning." Earlier, it was observed that when university teachers or officials became registrars charges of favouritism and financial irregularities at the universities surfaced against them as they knew teachers and non-teaching staff because of the years of service they had rendered.

As registrars look after administrative and financial work at the university, they are considered de-facto heads of the universities. Mehrotra's statement assumes importance as earlier several universities had to face charges of financial irregularities. In 2016, cases of financial irregularities came to the fore at Magadh University after the state vigilance bureau came to know about financial irregularities allegedly committed by MU officials during the tenure of VC Ishtiyaque. Among the major irregularities was diversion of Rs 23 crore from the examination department to the engineering section and allotment of construction work to certain "favourite" contractors without any tender being floated.

Similarly, cases of financial irregularities came to the fore at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, in connection with enrolment of students into BEd courses during 2014-15. The registrars were appointed on the basis of search committee's recommendations.

Sources said the search committees received applications from civilians as well as army personnel for the posts. However, it was chancellor Malik who prevailed on the idea of appointing army personnel as registrars.

"The chancellor office's decision to appoint army personnel as registrars is a welcome step," Patna University retired geology teacher V.S. Dube said. "The appointment of registrars will bring more discipline in the university's functioning." Sources said this is for the first time that such a large number of army personnel have been appointed as registrars of universities. Earlier, bureaucrats or retired army personnel had been given the charge at a few universities.