The Vice-Chancellor of North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Prof Sri Krishna Srivastava, has had his term in charge extended by university Visitor and President of India Ram Nath Kovind despite protests from students and staff.
As per a notification released by NEHU, Kovind extended the service of Srivastava for a period of one year or until a fresh appointment, whichever is earlier. Srivastava’s term was set to expire today.
Meanwhile, the Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising certain associations and unions in NEHU, will meet on Friday to discuss the matter regarding the extension of the incumbent Vice-Chancellor.
The JAC is against the extension on the grounds that Srivastava has failed in various respects, which has led to NEHU falling down the national rankings.
The JAC has also accused the VC of financial irregularities and mismanagement of the university.
Mao alleged that the university has had to return a Rs 48.3 crore grant as the funds were not utilised due to Srivastava’s mismanagement. He also said that the university paid a fine of Rs 22.4 crore to the Income Tax Department as taxes were not paid on time last year.