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Allahabad University V-C resigns

July 29, 2014


Against the backdrop of protests on the Allahabad University campus, Vice-Chancellor Prof A K

Singh has tendered his resignation, a top varsity official said here today.

"Prof Singh sent his resignation by fax to the President of India, who happens to be the Visitor

of the University", the varsity's Registrar Prof B P Singh said.

The V-C's resignation comes at a time when non-teaching staff of the University have been

on an indefinite strike since July 9 to press for their demands which include regularisation of

daily wagers and withdrawal of the proposed move to abolish posts like those of sweepers and

gardeners which, the varsity authorities have claimed, was being mooted following instructions

received from the UGC.

The resignation comes close on the heels of a group of students staging a demonstration

on July 25 outside Prof Singh's residence for several hours in protest against the alleged

deteriorating academic environment at the University which was granted Central status in 2005.

On July 26, some BJP MPs had called on the V-C at his residence and were reportedly kept

waiting for hours before they were granted an audience.

In 2012, Prof Singh was held hostage inside his residence by students for three days on the

issue of vacating hostels. The matter was resolved only after the intervention of the Allahabad

High Court.

An IIT alumnus who had taught Chemistry at a number of prestigious institutions within

the country as well as abroad, Prof Singh was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Allahabad

University in January, 2011, becoming the second person to hold the post after the varsity was

accorded central status. Source: Agency.

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