CU Jammu loses first VC
Mattoo Declines New Assignment
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, Feb 4: In a startling development, the recently appointed first Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Jammu Prof Amitabh Mattoo has declined to take up the assignment.
While the Human Resource Development Ministry had cleared Professor Mattoo’s name eight months ago, his formal appointment was cleared only a month ago by the President of India.
According to highly placed sources, Prof Mattoo has communicated the decision to the HRD Minister Kapil Sibal and the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
Although the PM and the HRD Minister apparently sought to persuade Mattoo to reconsider his decision, it is unlikely that he would take back his resignation.
Mattoo’s appointment was reacted to strongly by fringe groups from Jammu who were demanding a local vice chancellor and claimed that Mattoo was “pro-Kashmiri.”
Mattoo’s decision has invited dismay amongst the academic community in the state. “I guess religious chauvinism is the reason behind Prof Matoo’s resignation,” says a professor of Jammu University, wishing anonymity. “We can only say that it is unfortunate that Prof Matoo was forced to take a rethink on the appointment.”
Currently, Professor at the School of International Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi, Prof Mattoo was the youngest Vice Chancellor of the University Jammu and continued in this position for two full terms.
A PhD from Oxford and a recipient of the Padma Shri, Prof Mattoo is a member of the National Knowledge Commission.
Despite repeated attempts Mattoo could not be contacted for comment.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Feb 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 4 Feb 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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