PUDUCHERRY: The Union Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has constituted a two-member fact finding committee to look into the allegations against the Pondicherry University vice-chancellor Professor Chandra Krishnamurthy and issues relating to illegal detention and torture of a student.
According to sources, the committee consists of former vice-chancellor of the Dr MGR Medical University, Tamil Nadu, Dr Mayilvahanan Natarajan and Former Tamil Nadu Director General of Police (Retd) V Balachandran. The MHRD orders regarding the constitution of the panel has been issued by D R K Rao, Deputy Secretary, MHRD on August 12. The committee has been asked to submit their report to the ministry within 30 days.
The fact finding committee will look into the allegations of illegal detention of Tamil Department student Radhakrishanan by faculty members and security officials forcing him to admit that he had entered the women’s hostel at odd hours. The sources said the panel will also probe the repeated violation of the MHRD orders by the vice-chancellor.
The committee will also look into the violation of appointment of Dr V Indumathi as registrar in-charge and director of studies in-charge by the VC and the appointment of Prof Hariharan as member of planning board in violation of the statute and Act of the Pondicherry University. The panel will also inquire into the allegations of ragging of a girl student, who was punished despite being the victim in the incident.
The agenda for the panel also include the victimization of faculty members and other staff by way of transfers, the sources said. The VC has been urged to co-operate with the committee by submitting all the relevant documents, which may be sought by the committee members.