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IIT Kharagpur accepts whistle-blower prof's resignation after prez relief

IIT Kharagpur had suspended Rajeev Kumar for 'misconduct' in May 2011

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 


Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)- Kharagpur has accepted the resignation of whistle-blower professor Rajeev Kumar, whose compulsory retirement penalty was quashed by days before he demitted office.

Kharagpur had suspended Kumar for "misconduct" in May 2011, the same year the had lauded him as an "unsung hero" for his efforts to reform the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE), which has since been re-christened as JEE Advanced.

The institute set up a probe panel that found him guilty.

Kumar was accused of "damaging the reputation of the institute" by levelling allegations on issues ranging from irregularities in the purchase of to rampant copying by students during examinations.

In 2014, the decided to compulsorily retire him.

Kumar, who alleged that the panel was biased, had moved the High Court and obtained a stay on the IIT's decision. He had also appealed to the then requesting that the order be quashed.

While he had resigned in 2014, the institution had not accepted his resignation saying the matter was sub-judice.

"(Former) and Visitor of has set aside the penalty of compulsory retirement on professor ..The institute accepts his technical resignation in view of the HRD (Human Resource Development) communication following the presidential order," an official memorandum said.

Following the high court's stay order, Kumar had taken lien for two years and joined Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2015. However, he was relieved from in June to allow him to re-join

The professor has appealed to the vice-chancellor to reinstate him as his penalty has been quashed and resignation accepted.

Vice-Chancellor M Jagdeesh Kumar, when contacted, did not comment on the issue.

Days before he demitted office last month, Mukherjee had ordered setting aside of the penalty imposed on Kumar.

The HRD ministry had last week an issued order to the IIT Kharagpur director to comply with the former president's order.

First Published: Sun, August 20 2017. 17:50 IST