AMU VC says he is clean, truth would come out

Last Updated: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 17:48

Aligarh: Outgoing AMU Vice-Chancellor PK
Abdul Azis, who is facing charges of financial impropriety, on Saturday, insisted that he was clean and the truth would come out
in the final CBI report.

Asserting there had been no wrong doing during his
tenure, Azis said his only regret was that he could not fully
convince all sections of the AMU community regarding the
long-term gains for establishing off campus centres and
schools in different parts of the country.

"I am sure when the final report is submitted by the CBI,
I will be completely absolved of any wrong doing and the truth
will come out," he said addressing his final press conference
before the scheduled end of his tenure on January 17.

In its interim report, the CBI had concluded that he
"committed financial impropriety and claimed TA on first
joining, Home Town Concession when it was very well knowledge
that he was not entitled for the same."

Listing out his achievements, Aziz said, "I have laid the
foundation of a long journey of progress for this institution
and have repositioned the AMU as a centre of higher
education".

The Vice-Chancellor said the controversy on opening of
off campus centres was "unjustified and all due procedures and
statutory provisions were duly followed in the opening of
these centres".

He said the Central government had given clearance for
the up-gradation of all eight schools affiliated with the
University to bring them at par with the Kendriya Vidyalayas.

Azis said, "My only regret is that I could not fully
convince all sections of the AMU community regarding the
long-term gains for establishing off campus centres and
schools in different parts of the country".

The VC said that given an opportunity, he would have
initiated steps for amending the AMU Act for removing the
provision which prevents the University from opening its
affiliated institutions beyond a radius of 25 kilometres from
the campus.

According to the CBI, Azis had submitted bills worth Rs
81,654 for the travel of him and his family from Cochin to New
Delhi and of Rs 93,053 for travel of his family from New Delhi
to Thiruvananthapuram.

As per the existing AMU rules, he was allegedly not
entitled for claim of Rs 93,053, the CBI said in its report.

CBI sources said that it has found payment of personal
income tax worth Rs 82,356 of the vice-chancellor and Rs
44,315 of V K Abdul Jaleel, Registrar from the University
funds and their recovery in 11 interest-free monthly
instalments was "irregular and extension of undue favour to
himself."

According to sources, the Vice-Chancellor plans to hand
over charge on January 17 to the senior most Dean of the
University till the process of selecting the University’s next
Vice Chancellor is completed.

Earlier yesterday, student leaders disrupted a farewell
programme held in honour of Prof. Azis at the University guest
house.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 17:48

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