Despite facing Vigilance probe, former VC given two prime positions at KU

Despite facing Vigilance probe, former VC given two prime positions at KU
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SRINAGAR: Authorities at the University of Kashmir (KU) have issued two orders simultaneously, giving prime postings to former vice chancellor Prof Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi, who is facing a Vigilance probe for an appointment during his tenure, and presently serves as a professor in Biotechnology department.
Andrabi has been bestowed with the headship of Biochemistry department and has also been made the Dean of Unani and Ayurvedic Medicines.
The first order says Andrabi, “in addition to his own duties, shall function as head, Department of Biochemistry for a period of three years or till the appointment /Promotion of professors is made in the department whichever is earlier.”
The other order informs that “the vice chancellor in exercise of power vested in him under section 29(1) of the Kashmir and Jammu university act 1969, has been pleased to nominate Prof. Khurseed I.Andrabi, Department of Bio-Technology as Dean, School of Unani and Ayurvedic Medicines, for a period of three years with immediate effect.”
A KU official wishing anonymity said that they fail to understand how authorities “have given an accused, two prime positions, where financial and other decisions are involved”.
“Even the Vigilance has yet not filed chargesheet before the court. Did the authorities at university had no choice among the entire science faculty,” he said.
Former Governor J&K and then Chancellor of the university, N N Vohra had recommended a probe by Vigilance Commission into “an arbitrary conversion of the post of Placement Officer into Medical Officer at the University to facilitate the entry of a wait-list candidate — daughter of CUK Vice Chancellor.”.
Vohra then described it as “serious violation of the codal requirements” by Andrabi and other officials down the line and directed that the case, along with an enquiry report by the state’s Higher Education department, be urgently referred to the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC), State Vigilance Commission, for time-bound enquiry.
The appointee in question, Dr Iqra Mehraj had been appointed as Medical Officer at the university after converting the post of a higher grade Placement Officer (Business and Financial Studies), into a lower grade Medical Officer in University’s Zakura Campus temporarily.
Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University Prof Talat Ahmad, when contacted, told this reporter to talk to the Registrar on the matter.
However, the Registrar did not respond to repeated calls.