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HRD min turns down DU VC's request for withdrawing showcause

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The HRD ministry has rejected DU VC Singh's request that it withdraw the show-cause notice served on him as it held that he did not follow proper procedures to roll out the controversial FYUP programme.

Sources in the ministry, who said that it is seeking the legal opinion of the Attorney General on the reply sent by Singh, maintained that there was no question of withdrawing the show-cause as his response was "not satisfactory".

They added that it is a general practice for persons who have been show-cause to plead for the withdrawal of the same and that the University VC may have taken the same recourse.

DU had yesterday said that the VC has "humbly" requested the government to withdraw the show-cause served on him.

"The VC has humbly requested the show-cause notice to be withdrawn as he has clearly explained his position on the issues raised by the HRD Ministry," a spokesman in the Vice Chancellor's office had said.

The ministry had issued a show-cause notice to Singh on March 17 seeking his reply on the FYUP issue, opening of B.Tech courses without clearance from AICTE and allegations of diversion of funds to the tune of Rs 172 crore meant for OBC students to buy laptops.

In his reply, Singh has said that necessary sanctions were obtained from all statutory bodies for the introduction of the FYUP. He also stated that there was no communication regarding the new programme from UGC or the HRD Ministry till the new government entered office.

First Published: Fri, April 10 2015. 20:57 IST