President gives approval to HRD ministry’s proposal for probe against AMU VC Zameeruddin Shah

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President Pranab Mukherjee has given his approval for a probe into allegations of financial and other improprieties against Aligarh Muslim University’s (AMU) Vice Chancellor Zameeruddin Shah.

The nod of the President, who is also the Visitor to the University, comes on a proposal from the HRD Ministry to which former Janata Dal MP Wasim Ahmed had given a memorandum seeking a probe into allegations against the Vice Chancellor.

Zameeruddin Shah

Mukherjee’s action also follows approval of a similar probe against Allahabad University Vice Chancellor R L Hangloo.

Ahmed, a member of the AMU executive council, welcomed the approval for probe against the AMU Vice Chancellor saying it was long overdue.

Shah on the other hand has denied all allegations against him saying some vested interests were carrying out a campaign against him.

The charges against Shah, as reported by Indian Express) include;

  • Illegal transfer of funds collected from students from the university account to the account of a private trust named Sir Syed Educational Foundation.
  • Appointment of a retired brigadier as the university’s pro V-C, even though UGC regulations mandate that the position be occupied by a professor. His appointment was done by the V-C by invoking his emergency powers.
  • Appointment of ineligible candidates. Assistant professors were appointed against vacant position of professor and associate professor.
  • Collapsing law and order on campus.

(With inputs from agencies)

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