President Mukherjee sacks Visva Bharati VC


President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday sacked the Visva-Bharati vice-chancellor, Sushanta Dattagupta, on grounds of gross misconduct and dereliction of duty.

This is the first-ever sacking of central university head in the India’s history.

According to an Indian Express report, the President’s Office on Monday approved the HRD Ministry’s proposal to remove Dattagupta.

Union HRD Minister, Smriti Irani had reportedly sent the proposal to sack Visva-Bharati University Vice Chancellor, Sushanta Dattagupta, to President Mukherjee second time after the latter, in December, questioned the legality of the Union HRD ministry’s recommendation for his removal.

Irani’s decision to re-send the proposals to sack Dattagupta was after she had favourable legal opinion from the Attorney General, Mukul Rohatgi, who felt the due process was followed in reaching the conclusion to sack the VC.