Indore: Clamp emergency in DAVV, demands Cong citing Lok Sabha polls

Indore: After seeking replacement of Chancellor’s nominees in executive council of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), the ruling Congress party in the state has now sought to invoke emergency in university in view of upcoming Lok Sabha elections.  In a letter addressed to chief minister Kamal Nath and higher education minister Jitu Patwari, Congress state secretary Tejprakash Rane said it is time that “government should invoke Section 52 of Madhya Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya Act-1973 in DAVV.”

He said Congress has been regularly informing CM and the higher education minister about EC members’ dictatorship, corruption, incompetency and the fact that they have been taking decisions in violation of government norms and against students’ interests. Expressing displeasure over government inaction against the university authorities, Rane further wrote: “Despite the party organisation conveying this to the CM and Patwari, no action has been taken. Inaction has resulted in boosting their morale and now they are misbehaving with Congress leaders who raise students’ issues.”

Rane stated that they had gone to university lately to raise students’ issues but the EC members who follow BJP and RSS ideology misbehaved with him. He asked government to clamp Section 52 for removing vice chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad and dissolving the executive council.  Earlier, Rane had written to government demanding replacement of six nominees of Chancellor in DAVV’s executive council as he believed that they were BJP and RSS ideologues. However, it’s beyond the powers of the government to replace Chancellor’s nominees in the executive council as Chancellor is also Governor of the state.

Sec 52?
If the state government on receipt of a report or otherwise, is satisfied that a situation has arisen in which the administration of university cannot be carried out in accordance with provisions of Act, it can clamp Section 52, which is an emergency clause. But it has to give reasons for clamping Section 52.

No reason for emergency
Though Congress has demanded Section 52, it has not given any reason to government for accepting its demand. Rane claimed EC members are working as dictators, are corrupt and incompetent but he has not given proof of allegations. So, it is unlikely that his demand would be met. “Rane has vested interests in university and to get things done, he made demand only to mount pressure on VC and EC members,” a senior professor said wishing anonymity.

Baying for VC’s blood
Certain teachers of DAVV, including Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Teachers Association secretary Laxman Shinde, are also baying for Dhakad’s blood. Recently, Shinde had expressed desire to see Dhakad out of university on a WhatsApp group consisting of press reporters, student leaders, university officers, teachers, and VC. While talking to reporters and students leaders, Shinde had sought to know when would they get rid of (Dhakad).

Government unlikely to upset Jains
The government is unlikely to upset Jain community by removing the only Jain vice chancellor in any university in the state. According to sources, the Jain community has requested government not to unseat Dhakad. The CM and Patwari have reportedly assured Jain community members that Dhakad would complete is term. “I don’t know whether he completes his term. What I know is government won’t remove him till Lok Sabha elections are over. After that, nobody knows what will happen,” a professor said wishing anonymity.

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