VCs of various universities express dissatisfaction over CIAA raids

2015-01-05

Ekantipur

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Vice-chancellors (VCs) of various universities have expressed dissatisfaction over the recent raids by the Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) at varsities.

The VCs led by University Grant Commission Chairman Parasar Koirala met with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and complained over the anti-graft body’s recent raids. The university officials said some of the VCs were dragged into controversy without strong ground behind the allegations.

“The anti-graft body’s investigation into the newly-established universities has mired academic environment and staffers are discouraged,” UGC Chairman Koirala reportedly told the PM. The university officials said the CIAA overstepped its jurisdiction and raided autonomous bodies like universities hampering their activities.

The CIAA had raided the  Purbanchal University , Mid-Western University (MWU), Tribhuvan University and Nepal Sanskrit University. Of them, the PU and the MWU are left without top staffers after officials, including VCs, were dragged to the court on corruption charges. Similarly, the CIAA had raided 13 central departments of the TU and seized all their documents.

UGC Member-Secretary Bhola Nath Pokharel complained that the daily work of the PU was affected after the VC and other officials were dragged to the court on minor charges like failing to collect affiliation fees from colleges.

In response, the PM stressed on the need of booking those involved in the financial irregularities. “I for myself will be liable to the punishment if I commit misconduct,” he said, stating that he was saddened after the cases related to financial irregularities and corruption surfaced in the media.

The PM also asked the university officials not to come to him if someone is arrested for wrongdoing. Stating that he was not in a position to intervene the CIAA activities, the PM said he would look into the matter if any righteous person was victimised.