Union ministry of Human Resource Development has asked Vice Chancellor of Pondicherry Central University, Chandra Krishnamurthy to go on indefinite leave, after students had launched an indefinite hunger strike demanding the outster of VC. The students alleged that the Vice Chancellor had submitted a fake CV to get the appointment. Also, she has been involved in plagiarism, human rights violation and administrative chaos. This is the first time in the history of the 31-year-old University that a Vice-Chancellor has been asked to go on leave. Chandra Krishnamurthy is the first woman Vice-Chancellor of Pondicherry University.
The chief secretary of Puducherry government, Manoj Parida received the directive from MHRD on Tuesday afternoon asking Chandra Krishnamurthy to go on indefinite leave. The ministry directive instructed Ms. Krishnamurthy to go on leave and hand over charge to the senior most professor in the university. Apparently, Ms. Krishnamurthy refused to abide by the directive and applied leave till August 21st. Moreover, instead of suggesting the names of senior most professors to be appointed as VC in charge she appointed registrar as VC in charge. Irked by Krishnamurthy’s refusal to follow MHRD’s orders, students squatted infront of VC’s office and continued protest demanding her to abide the MHRD directives. “We demanded that the V-C must go on long leave and this should be displayed in the website” said K Sreelatha, student leader. After a three hour long protest Krishnamurthy agreed to go on indefinite leave and cancelled the appointment of registrar as VC in charge.
On receiving the news of VC’s outster, students erupted in joy and celebrated the removal of VC by bursting crackers. The strike had derailed many courses and affected quality of education in the university.