‘Prez to look into complaint against Nalanda VC’

Pratibha Patil in her capacity as the Visitor of the Nalanda International University would look into any complaint about competence of its Vice-Chancellor Dr Gopa Sabharwal.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2011, 16:03 PM IST

Patna: 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 Dr Gopa Sabharwal, former president A.P.J.
Abdul Kalam said on Tuesday.

"The Visitor will look into any complaint against
Sabharwal," Kalam, who recently dissociated himself from the
Nalanda university project as its Visitor, said in reply to a
question by ruling JD(U) MLA Irshad Ahmed during an
interactive session in the state assembly premises.

Irshad Ahmed alleged that Sabharwal, earlier a Reader
of New Delhi`s Lady Sriram College, lacked adequate experience
to lead this ambitious project.

Sabharwal`s appointment as the VC was opposed by a
group of academicians recently.

"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, one of the key players behind the revival of
Nalanda University, has opted out of the project apparently
realising that he has no crucial role to play.

He has distanced himself from the multi-nation
project, citing conferment of Central University status to the
institution wherein critical powers like appointment of vice
chancellor would be with the incumbent President.

Despite the law, the Centre and Bihar Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar had requested Kalam to continue as Visitor but he
refused to reconsider his decision.

PTI