The Eastern University Teachers Association (EUTA) while criticizing the delay on the part of the University Grants Commission and the Higher Education Ministry to take action against the illegal appointment of the Eastern University Vice Chancellor, has urged the authorities to take immediate action against the misappropriations committed by the VC during his tenure which is due to expire on February 12.
Issuing a statement on the issue, the EUTA President Dr. T Jayasingam and Secretary Dr. KE Karunakaran have pointed out that although the main slogan of the President during his campaign was to establish good governance, the government’s delayed action against academic fraud and politicized appointments is disheartening.
They have pointed out that the appointment of the EU VC Dr. K Kobindarajah despite being a Canadian citizen and an official who was under vacation of post should have been probed into immediately.
“His application should have been rejected during the selection process. But instead it was accepted by the Registrar and the competent authority of the EU at the time. Thereafter the former Higher Education Minister SB Dissanayake called for the Council to vote for him although the majority of council members had not even seen him before,” he said.
Earlier the EUTA compiled a document of 160 pages on the malpractices of the VC and of the irregularities of his recruitment process which was submitted to the UGC and the Higher Education Ministry but until this day no action has been taken on the matter.
The academics have pointed out that the UGC needs to be reviewed for its inefficiency, the politicization and for their ignorance of the issues because when the Registrar checked with the UGC whether a foreign citizen can apply,she had replied with a yes.
The academics of the Eastern University have therefore urged the relevant authorities to strip the VC of the position as an illegal appointment and to probe into his malpractices and abuses of power before he leaves the country after his term expires in a few weeks and hold him accountable for the actions.
Read the full statement here