The Union education ministry has recently written to Delhi University, asking to appoint a representative in case an inquiry is held into a litany of charges leveled against suspended vice-chancellor Yogesh Kumar Tyagi for administrative misgovernance. The Union education ministry has referred to a specific provision in the Delhi University Act (sub-section (3) of Section 7) which mandates the appointment of a representative in case an enquiry is held. President Ram Nath Kovind’s office had reportedly raised the issue.
The ministry has also made it clear to the varsity that compliance with this provision is compulsory in order to ensure that any challenge at a later stage can be defended.
According to the aforementioned sub-section, the Visitor is required to give notice to the University in case some kind of an inspection or inquiry is to be made, and the University shall be entitled to appoint a representative who shall have the right to be present and be heard at such inspection or inquiry. Therefore, Delhi University has been requested to appoint a representative who shall be present and have the right to be heard at the enquiry.
The Education ministry also expects some clarification regarding some inquiry-related aspects from the varsity. It has pointed out that Section 45 of the DU Act provides that any dispute arising out of a contract between the University and any of its officers shall at the request of the officer, teacher, or varsity itself be referred to a tribunal of arbitration.
The previous Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Kumar Tyagi was suspended last month and after a nod from President Ram Nath Kovind, the process of initiating an enquiry into a range of charges of misgovernance and dereliction of duties against him commenced.