1. IIT Delhi Director Raghunath Shevgaonkar resigns amid Sachin Tendulkar, Subramanian Swamy row; Smriti Irani orders meet

IIT Delhi Director Raghunath Shevgaonkar resigns amid Sachin Tendulkar, Subramanian Swamy row; Smriti Irani orders meet

IIT Delhi Director Raghunath K S Shevgaonkar has resigned with more than two years of his tenure left amid a controversy over the...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 29, 2014 2:04 PM
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Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to express his anguish on his name being dragged in the controversy even as HRD Minister Smriti Irani called a meet to sort out the matter.

IIT Delhi Director Raghunath K S Shevgaonkar has resigned with more than two years of his tenure left amid a controversy over the circumstances under which he quit including alleged pressure put on him by the Human Resources Development(HRD) Ministry.

Raghunath Shevgaonkar sent his resignation in a letter to Chairman of IIT Board of Governors Vijay P Bhatkar on Friday evening in which he cited “personal reasons”.

“I have resigned, that’s it,” was all that Shevgaonkar would say when he was confronted by reporters after a controversy erupted in which cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was also dragged.

 Check out Sachin Tendulkar’s reaction on Twitter:

The HRD Ministry denied a media report that said Shevgaonkar resigned after he was allegedly put under pressure from the HRD Ministry to accede to two demands–to provide the IIT ground for a cricket academy Sachin Tendulkar allegedly wants to open and to pay nearly Rs 70 lakh to former IIT-D faculty and now BJP leader Subramanian Swamy as his “salary dues” between 1972 and 1981.

The Ministry issued the rejoinder after HRD Minister Smriti Irani convened a meeting of her officials in the wake of the resignation of the IIT-D Director. The news report that said Shevgaonkar resigned resisting pressure is “factually inaccurate and incorrect” and unnecessarily drags the HRD Ministry into the issue where no direction has been issued by the Ministry, a ministry statement said.

“There is neither any request from Sachin Tendulkar for the ground of IIT for running a Cricket Academy nor any instruction from HRD Ministry to provide the same.

The HRD Ministry has neither forwarded Subramanian Swamy’s request to IIT-Delhi nor given any direction to make payment of arrears to Swamy. Views of DoPT and Finance Ministry have been sought on the matter,” the statement said.

Tendulkar took to Twitter to express his anguish on his name being dragged in the controversy.

“I am appalled to read the stories that suggest some land has been asked from IIT-D for academy in my name,” he said.

“I have not even planned any academy neither do I want any piece of land for any purpose.

Wish that basic facts are checked from me before publishing such fiction using my name,” he said in a couple of more tweets,” he said.

Swamy expressed shock over the issue of his dues being linked to the resignation of Shevgaonkar, saying it is a matter between the Government and the Board of Directors.

“The Director doesn’t come into the picture at all,” he said.

Swamy alleged that the resignation was not over the alleged demand by HRD Ministry to settle his dues but had to do something with setting up IIT’s Delhi campus in Mauritius.

“The Director was found to have in 2011 gone quietly to Mauritius without telling the Government of India and set up an institute in the name of an affiliate of the IIT and so an explanation was asked from him.

“And in order to hide the fact that that would certainly mean termination of his directorship he tried to make a political capital of it,” Swamy alleged.

“Chairman, IIT-Delhi has forwarded Director’s resignation letter on December 26 evening for appointing Authority’s decision following due process. Resignation can only be accepted by the appointing Authority.

It will have to go to the President for his approval as the visitor of IIT-Delhi,” the HRD Ministry statement said.

Shevgaonkar became the Director of IIT-Delhi in 2011.

HRD Ministry sources said the IIT act provides for exchange of teachers and scholars between two countries.

But with the opening of the campus in Mauritius, India is only sending teachers and there is no exchanges in the case, they said.

IIT-D Alumni Association President Ashok Kumar said the whole of the institute’s alumni is not happy that Shevgaonkar had resigned.

“The whole of IIT-Delhi alumni coommittee is with the Director,” he said.

Congress leader and Northeast Delhi MP J P Agarwal demanded an inquiry into the resignation of Shevgaonkar.

Former Delhi Chief Minister and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal, an IITian, said it is “very sad” that Shevgaonkar had to resign and wondered whether the autonomy of IITs are being challenged.

  1. Jayasankar
    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm
    The IIT man who had put his papers is Close Ex Congress HRD Minister. Now Media had created a mess and doing the Job of Sukuni of Mahabharath. Media like NDTV,CNNIBN does not like Modiji Govt, they want only the Corrupt Congress. Something is fishy some where. Let us wait and see what unfolds at IIT. Media wants to Create a Bad name for BJP.
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    1. Anil Elias
      Dec 30, 2014 at 6:05 am
      The Director was found to have in 2011 gone quietly to Mauritius without telling the Government of India and set up an insute in the name of an affiliate of the IIT and so an explanation was asked from him THis statement by swamy is absolutely wrong and shows what a loose mouth he is. See the rejoinder from IIT delhi with supporting doents on Indiatimes. It was with minster Pallam Raju he went on the directions of the then HRD mnistry
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        GAUTAM SHAH
        Dec 29, 2014 at 5:59 pm
        read news in english at :vishwagujarat/en/
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          GP Singh
          Dec 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm
          It seems the HRD Ministry is being headed by someone who has no knowledge about the functioning of higher education & education as such in the w country.Its high time PM takes note of this & have as a Minister a qualified educationist who can deal with the higher education & bring education from KG to PG level to international level in the complete country, instead of being a political appointment.
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            GP Singh
            Dec 29, 2014 at 2:18 pm
            It seems the HRD Ministry is being headed by someone who has no knowledge about the functioning of higher education & education as such in the w country.Its high time PM takes note of this & have as a Minister a qualified educationist who can deal with the higher education & bring education from KG to PG level to international level in the complete country, instead of being a political appointment.
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