MOTIHARI: Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has drawn flak after extending tenure of Sanjeev Sharma, vice-chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Central University (MGCU), who has been facing charges of sexual harassment, forging documents and of illegal appointments.
Extension order issued by Modi Government has landed government education secretary and education minister in limelight for their differences over the opinions on tenure extension of VC Sharma- BNM has accessed the documents.
BNM has learnt that education minister while issuing extension order deliberately ignored the suggestions of President of India and The Chancellor Mahesh Sharma both. Chancellor had written many letters to President Ramnath Kovind and apprised issues with VC asking president’s interventions in the matter as visitor of Central universities.
In terns, President Ramnath Kovind directed Ministry for education to inquire in to the allegations cited in Chancellor’s letters.
Including Presidents directions and all the letters of Chancellor Mahesh Sharma, the letters of Bihar’s parliamentarians were hushed up to benefit Prof Sanjeev Sharma-own brother of Kumar Viswas- noted poet and erstwhile AAM Adami party leader.
President of India secretary KD Tripathy also directed Amit Khare, secretary education (higher education) to take necessary action against Sanjeev Sharma. Amit Khare was not in favour of any extension of tenure of Sanjeev Sharma as VC. He had directed VC Shama to relinquish the post and give charge to any eligible persons until new VC is appointed- BNM reads.
The term of Sanjeev Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of the Mahatma Gandhi Central University (MGCU) in Motihari, Bihar, was supposed to end on 2 February .
Allegedly Padmakar Mishra, OSD of MGCU wrote a letter to Ministry regarding extension of Sharma tenure as VC but suppressed the central university rule 2009 rule 44 which says that the terms of first VC could not be more than five years. Ministry also suppressed the fact that VC Sharma has been grilled many times on the allegation levelled against him. Kiram Ghai- member of executive council of MGCU also questioned state of affairs of VC Sharma.
Sharma is facing complaints of sexual harassment and allegations that he fudged documents to gain a promotion during his time at the Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCSU) in Meerut.
If documents procured under Right to Information Act is to believed, Amit Khare signed on Sharma relinquishing the office, while education Minister extended the terms ignoring all the serious charges against him.
Documents also show that charges against VC are under examination until January, when the extension was approved. President of India-the visitor of Central universities did not approve the extension order until recently.
The secretary signed on the note sheet on 28 January saying Sharma may be relinquished. On the same day, however, Pokhriyal signed on the option that “the present Vice-Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi Central University, Prof. Sanjeev Kumar Sharma, may continue in office notwithstanding the expiry of the tenure till his successor is appointed.”
Authorities from MGCU refused to comment on the development while VC Sharma responding to a query under RTI filed by one Sandeep Pahal denied all the charges against him as false and fabricated citing it is to tarnish his image by a group of vested interests.