In Gujarat, dare not RTI on VNSGU Vice Chancellor Shivendra Gupta's 'secretive' education
It seems that the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Vice Chancellor Shivendra Gupta is controversy’s favourite child. After a series of serious charges against Gupta, the university has now denied even the educational qualification of Gupta under RTI setting yet another autocratic state of affairs of VNSGU.
It seems that the Veer Narmad South Gujarat University Vice Chancellor Shivendra Gupta is controversy's favourite child. After a series of serious charges against Gupta, the university has now denied even the educational qualification of Gupta under RTI setting yet another autocratic state of affairs of VNSGU. Since he took over as the VC, Shivendra Gupta has been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Some claim that neither he is fit for a administrative post, many has raised eyebrows even on his educational qualifications. Not only this, his appointment, his decisions and his autocratic way of functioning has come under sharp criticism not only from the students but even the faculties of different associated colleges and the Senate members of VNSGU. VNSGU Senator Bhavesh Rabari, recently filed an RTI to get information on the educational details of the Vice Chancellor.
He also demanded the marksheet, degree certificate and details of percentage at graduation and post graduation. His demand under the RTI was immediately rejected by the University without giving a valid reason for the denial of the information.
The University authorities later claimed that they can refuse to answer any question which is 'not found appropriate' by the varsity officials. How can a query on the educational qualification of a Vice Chancellor be in appropriate or a threat to the security, usually these are the only two reasons on which RTIs are not answered.
When Narada New contacted Rabari, he says: " Isn't it the right of the senate members of the University and the hundreds of students associated with the university to know the educational qualification of the Vice Chancellor? Shoud'nt they know is the man fit and efficient enough to lead such a prestigious institution?"
After Rabari was refused the RTI queries, he has now approached the state Governor seeking details on VC Shivendra Gupta's educational qualification.
It may be mentioned here that the present VC Shivendra Gupta has been appointed 'without' the minimum qualification of atleast 10 years of experience as Professor in a University system or ten years of experience in an equivalent position in a reputed research and/or academic administrative institutions, a clear guideline laid down by University Grants Commission.
The Gujarat government it seems to have overlooked the clause to satisfy a few politicians, who Shivendra Gupta is said to be close.