Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Rourkela, Sep 27:
A controversy has erupted over the suspension of the registrar of the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Odisha’s Steel City–Rourkela.
While the director of the prestigious institute has suspended the registrar on charges of insubordination and dereliction of duty, the chairperson of the board of governors has revoked the suspension order.
In a letter addressed to NIT director Sunil Sarangi, suspended registrar Santosh Kumar Upadhaya has informed that he has joined duty on September 26 on orders from chairperson of board of governors Dr Vasantha Ramaswamy.
On the other hand, Upadhaya has not been allowed to join duty by Sarangi, the director of the premier institute resulting in a full blown controversy. Upadhaya could not enter his office premises as he was prevented to do so by the security guard on duty on orders from the director.
Upadhaya, has however, maintained that the director cannot suspend him without approval of the board of governors.
“The registrar’s appointing and disciplinary authority is the board of governors. Therefore the board of governors is only empowered to suspend him. The director has issued the suspension order unilaterally without obtaining the approval of the board of governors. It is not within his powers to do so,” Upadhaya told reporters.
On the other hand, Sarangi has said that as per the rules and regulations of NIT, it is well within his powers to suspend the registrar. Sarangi maintained revocation of suspension by the chairperson of the board of governors is illegal. He claimed that he had suspended Upadhaya to on September 20 for insubordination and dereliction of duty.
“The chairperson’s order is completely illegal. It’s not within any statute or Act. As per provisions of section 26, the director is empowered to suspend or take disciplinary action. I have done it accordingly,” Sarangi said.
However, the chairperson of the board of governors was not available for her comments.