Mohammad Muzammil to be Agra university VC

Agra, May 19 (IANS) Rohilkhand University Vice Chancellor (VC) Mohammad Muzammil has been directed by the Uttar Pradesh governor to take additional charge of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University (formerly Agra University) here.

D.N. Johar, erstwhile vice chancellor of the university, had submitted his resignation to Governor B.L. Joshi in the state capital Lucknow Saturday afternoon.

As the news of Muzammil taking over the university reached here late Saturday, employees and students heaved a sigh of relief, a university official told IANS Sunday.

“The VC’s (Johar) days were anyway numbered after the resignation of Pawan Kumar Bansal as union railway minister. Johar was believed to be close to Bansal’s nephew Vijay Singla and many decisions were taken to please him,” the official said.

Singla has been arrested for allegedly accepting Rs.90 lakh for fixing appointment in the powerful Railway Board.

Manoj Srivastav, a teachers’ union leader, said: “Johar did not listen to anyone. Students were harassed. He shunted out so many teachers.”

“People had big hopes from him (Johar) but now he leaves in utter disgrace. The university is in complete shambles,” said a retired teacher Bhagwan Sharma.

Johar, who has a legal background, was appointed vice chancellor of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar University on Jan 11, 2011.

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