AMU VC says he is clean, truth would come out



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