The three organisation  oppose such a move to amend statute by Prof. S.K. Srivastava

Shillong, Dec 07: The three organisation the MeTTA, NEHUTA and MeCAW express their concerned that the term extended caretaker Vice-Chancellor Prof.S.K.Srivastava is grossly misusing continuance in his office to amend an important statute of the central university that may extend his term of office.

As the process of selection of the new VC is on, such patently un statutory act of proposing to amend University’s statute 2(A) (2) that concerns with extension of the term of office of the incumbent VC under the specific direction of the Visitor maximum up to one year or until the new VC joins, whichever is earlier.

The apparent intent behind proposing to amend the statute is to benefit himself of another extension, if an amendment is allowed to that effect by University’s academic council.Such an act of amending a statute that concerns office of the term extended VC himself is a grave conflict of interest, which is not only untenable from the statutory perspective, but it is a grave act of impropriety when a caretaker or term extended VC cannot use any ‘statutory powers’ as stated in letter from erstwhile MHRD dated 7th August, 2014.

The said letter clearly stated that “an officer appointed to perform current duties of an appointment can exercise administrative or financial power but he cannot exercise statutory powers, whether those powers are derived direct from an act of parliament.”.

The three organisation said that a Vice Chancellor such as Prof.S.K.Srivastava is just permitted to hold his office is not supposed to exercise any statutory power derived from NEHU Act, 1973. Statutory powers vested on a regular VC does not apply on a post holder, term expired VC who is permitted to continue to hold the office for a directed period conditionally such as Prof.S.K.Srivastava.

Yet by crossing all constitutional, in sheer abuse and misuse of his office, Prof.S.K.Srivastava intends to chair meetings of statutory councils and even go to the extent of changing statutes of the University.

Along with all his grave violations of University’s Act, statute, ordinances etc. he is indulging into one more serious violation that has the potential to extend his term. Such double impropriety and consequent damage to the academic and administrative fabric of the university is a serious matter that cannot be allowed.

The poor excuse that Prof.S.K.Srivastava took while proposing amendment to the statute is to refer to some other universities and bring NEHU statute at par with other central universities. Question is, can a term expired VC take such a policy decision with a long term effect especially when Govt. of India had asked the VC’s performing duties of an appointment to strictly follow such a restriction of not using any statutory powers.

The three organisation  oppose such a move to amend statute by Prof. S.K. Srivastava by bringing to academic council. They will also bring this to the notice of higher authorities to stop such illegal acts of statute amendment by a caretaker VC, the press statement wa sign by Dr. L Kma, President MeTTA, Prof. X.P Mao President NEHUTA and Dr. Roy Synrem Chairman MeCAW.




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