The Government of Tamil Nadu has ordered an inquiry against the Vice-Chancellor of Anna University, M.K. Surappa considering the complaints of malpractices and financial unevenness in semester exams and re-evaluation. The retired high court judge Justice P. Kalaiyarasan will direct the investigation and it will be carried out under provisions of the Anna University Act, 1978.
The Vice-Chancellor confirmed that he had obtained a letter from the government regarding this probe. He further said, ‘These are beyond my imagination. No comments.’ As per the government order, the ‘allegations are serious in nature’ and the report must be prepared within 3 months. The investigation, the order said that it comprises functioning of the university, transient appointments, and recruitments made in academic and administrative sides and the revenue gained during Surappa’s tenure.
The investigation was ordered depending on complaints by C. Varadharajan, A. Suresh, Selladurai of Save Anna University forum, and R. Adhikesavan. The former director of IIT Ropar Surappa and an honorary professor at IISc Bangalore were directly appointed by Raj Bhawan. Some of the political parties have criticized the appointment of a non-Tamil Vice-Chancellor Surappa addresses from Karnataka. The order stated, ‘If such allegations are proved to be true, he would suggest such suitable ways and means prevent such recurrences in future.’
Surappa set off a row when he launched Bhagavad Gita as an optional paper in one of the technical streams. In the previous month, the state government of Tamil Nadu publicly criticized Surappa for registering for the Institution of Eminence [IoE] tag. The government’s stand would show an impact on the 69 percent reservation in the state. It was also offended that the Vice-Chancellor didn’t consult the state government before applying for the status. To get the latest educational updates, stay in touch with this website.