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Updated: November 1, 2013 10:30 IST

Former Anna University VC suspended

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Mannar Jawahar. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
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Mannar Jawahar. Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Former Anna University vice chancellor Mannar Jawahar has been suspended following a preliminary investigation by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) into allegations of corruption. After serving as the VC of the university between 2008 and 2012, Mr. Jawahar has been working as a professor in the department of automobile engineering at Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chromepet, since June 2012, and was set to retire on Thursday.

Sources said an enquiry against him was initiated last year when a professor from MIT, one of the constituent colleges of Anna University, wrote a letter to government officials, alleging that he was being forced by university officials to boost marks of certain students during revaluation of papers. Three professors were suspended when the scam broke out. DVAC started inquiries based on a complaint filed by the university a few days ago. An official said a detailed probe is on.

Mr. Jawahar termed the suspension ‘a humiliation’ and claimed he had done no wrong. He said he was never called for any enquiry by the university or DVAC.

I really commend the braveness of the professor who blew the whistle. In USA, there is a whistleblower act that protects and pays anyone who brings wrong doing to the surface. In a highly corrupt country like India it is impossible to clean things up unless the corruption eradication starts from the bottom. Act like this professor who complained to DVAC is a positive move and should send warning signals to other professors who indulge in the wrongdoings. Teaching is one of the noble professions and even the slightest of dirt must be removed immediately. It is unfortunate that education in India has become a commercial business. I hope other professors take a hint at this and do the right thing. I am not sure whether Mannar Jawahar has anything to do with this. If it is proved, then, his disgraceful exit from academics would certainly be a lesson for other teachers.

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Posted on: Nov 1, 2013 at 18:00 IST
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