President to look into complaint against Nalanda University VC :Kalam


President Pratibha Patil in her capacity as the Visitor of the Nalanda International University would look into any complaint about competence of its Vice-Chancellor Dr Gopa Sabharwal, former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said today. "The Visitor will look into any complaint against Sabharwal," Kalam, who recently dissociated himself from the Nalanda university project as its Visitor, said in reply to a question by ruling JD(U) MLA Irshad Ahmed during an interactive session in the state assembly premises.

Irshad Ahmed alleged that Sabharwal, earlier a Reader of New Delhi's Lady Sriram College, lacked adequate experience to lead this ambitious project. Sabharwal's appointment as the VC was opposed by a group of academicians recently. "The Visitor is the competent authority to appoint vice-chancellor and other teachers for the university. I have full confidence that she will take a decision in this respect with due consideration of related subjects," Kalam said. Kalam, one of the key players behind the revival of Nalanda University, has opted out of the project apparently realising that he has no crucial role to play. He has distanced himself from the multi-nation project, citing conferment of Central University status to the institution wherein critical powers like appointment of vice chancellor would be with the incumbent President. Despite the law, the Centre and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had requested Kalam to continue as Visitor but he refused to reconsider his decision.
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