VISAKHAPATNAM: The sudden appointment of Niranjan, Dean of Academic Affairs, as the new registrar replacing Umamaheswara Rao on last Saturday, raised many eyebrows in the university. Against this backdrop, Umamaheswara Rao decided to meet Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on July 13 to brief him about the things happening in the university.
The executive council on Friday night took the decision to replace him. Umamaheswara Rao was sent information through his security guard and he came to know about it in the morning. Rao was appointed as the registrar in 2012 and is the only registrar in the varsity’s history to work as the registrar in two spells.
“I worked as the registrar for three-and-a-half years. The EC blamed me for certain things. The decision was taken by keeping me in the dark. Since the CM is busy with review meetings, I will meet him on Friday and will brief him about the things happening in AU,” said Rao.
It was also said that the EC blamed him for not following the advice of the V-C. Registrar has certain duties to perform and sign the orders. But the rules were violated with the V-C signing the orders. “Every person has to perform his duty and follow the varsity norms. If I go against them, inquiry should be ordered. For example, transfer of employees has to be done by the registrar but it was bypassed by the V-C,” Rao told TNIE.
Being a part of the AU for about 42 years from student days, scholar, professor of Applied Mathematics and registrar, Rao said that he was not biased towards any political party. “I am a follower of NT Rama Rao during my college days but that does not mean I favoured Telugu Desam Party. There is no place for politics on the campus,” he said.