Allotment of varsity land to private trusts and associations

The Thrissur Vigilance Court has criticised the Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University and the Syndicate for taking a decision to allot land owned by the varsity to private trusts and associations.

While considering petitions filed by T.K. Narayanan, former registrar of Calicut University, Thrissur Vigilance Special Judge K. Haripal pointed out that higher officials of the governing body of the university had perpetrated serious lapses.

“It is quite obvious that such a decision (on cancellation of land allotment) was taken by the University Syndicate, unable to withstand the wrath of the public. It is certain that public land was being allotted indiscriminately for private purposes…. The persons involved are the top brass of the ruling front. It seems that the first respondent who is occupying the pivotal and respectable post of Vice-Chancellor was playing second fiddle to his mentors. It is unfortunate that such important decisions were taken by the Syndicate, the highest body of the university, without making feasibility study,” said the judge.

The court said that further proceedings in the case were not needed as the university had cancelled the land allotment and there was no loss to the exchequer. The court issued the order on March 19, 2014. The copy of the judgment was released to the press on Wednesday.