Departmental enquiry into charges of financial irregularities will be initiated, says Vice-Chancellor

MADURAI: Governor Surjit Singh Barnala has given his assent to suspend a professor of Madurai Kamaraj University and initiate departmental enquiry into charges of financial irregularities against him.

Vice-Chancellor P. Maruthamuthu told reporters here on Wednesday that the Governor, in a letter dated January 10, “approved the Syndicate resolutions to place R. Jayaraman, Professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship Studies, under suspension till the departmental enquiry is carried out.”

The Vice-Chancellor said the professor was facing charges of “irregularities and embezzlement of funds to the tune of Rs.1.06 crore” while being associated with the Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED), Tamil Nadu, at Perungudi here.

“We will start the enquiry by a retired judge and a Syndicate member. Dr. Jayaraman has been informed of the Government’s assent,” the Vice-Chancellor said.

Stating that the professor had been removed as head of the Department of Entrepreneurship Studies, Dr. Maruthamuthu said MKU suffered “substantial revenue loss,” as per records.

He said MKU had nothing to do with the CED and it had been removed from the list of approved institutions.

P.R. Athappan, Syndicate member and Dean (Industrial Consultancy), said the modalities of enquiry and future course of action would be discussed by the Syndicate.

Union elections

Responding to a question on conducting students’ union elections in colleges, the Vice-Chancellor said it was for the colleges to decide. The university could not compel anyone to hold elections.

“The Lyngdoh Committee recommendations have been sent to the Chief Secretary and we have also written to the colleges to take their own decision. We may not be able to do anything beyond that,” Dr. Maruthamuthu said.