Wednesday, September 09, 2009

At Magadh University, the Vice Chancellor is on the run

The Telegraph broke this story last week, with a follow-up yesterday.

Vice–Chancellor of Magadh University B.N. Pandey has gone into hiding after a criminal case was slapped on him, charging him of fraudulent conduct, forgery and of intimidating a government auditor examining university accounts.

The case can put the man behind bars for 10 years and was made after an inquiry, conducted by Magadh commissioner, found him guilty of threatening a government auditor after the state froze university accounts.

According to the report, an appointment racket was conducted from Pandey’s residence and appointments were made against non-existent posts.

This is not the first time that Pandey has found himself on the wrong side of law. [...]

You really have to read the rest of it for a sense of how 'colourful' this guy has been. And also for a sense of the state of our state universities.


  1. Rainbow Scientist said...

    It's no surprise, Abi. The state of our state universities are really bad. Unless you have political connections, money and are involved in lots of other non-scholar activities, you don't have any chance of becoming a VC at any state university. The problem lies in the structure of these universities. The VC is appointed by the state government, so by nature it is a political post, and we all know the state of our politicians. Unless, these two things are decoupled, there is no chance of improvements.

  2. Anonymous said...

    and, yet, you support professors of ugc and state univs getting higher than associate professors of iits. the director of iisc will have the same pay scale as this VC.

  3. Rainbow Scientist said...

    The solution is not to reduce pay of a VC of state university. The Vice Chancellor post is as prestigious and needed for higher education in India as the Director of IISc (maybe more because it serves bigger population of students). If there is a problem in the system, it should be tracked and fixed. There is no other way to improve the quality of higher education in India. State universities, IITs and IISc all have their place in the system.

  4. Anonymous said...

    The second comment is ridiculous !

    As for the post- that the system (VC convicted) worked - is that not an achievement for a state where law and order is a big problem ?

    I hope that the benefit of having a central univ (each state) and an IIT (in Bihar) rubs off on Bihar and other states as it was intended

  5. Tazeen said...

    Its similar this side of the border as well