Dissolve CMJ University, says Meghalaya governor

Shillong, June 12 (IANS) Meghalaya Governor R.S. Mooshahary Wednesday asked the state government to dissolve the controversial CMJ University.

“From established facts, it was clear that there has been mismanagement, mal-administration, indiscipline and failure in the accomplishment of the objectives of the university, apart from criminal liability,” said Mooshahary, who is also the visitor to the private varsity.

“The state government is accordingly being addressed to consider dissolution of the CMJ University in terms of Section 48 of the CMJ University Act, 2009,” he added.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), investigating the alleged lapses of CMJ University, unearthed a number of irregularities in the university’s functioning. It arrested the varsity’s registrar, Mrinal Kanti Deb, deputy registrar Premlal Rai, university director Manjeet Kaur, and human resource manager Juban Kharpuri on charges of fraud and cheating.

However, the CID sleuths have not been able to arrest varsity chancellor Chandra Mohan Jha, as he has gone into hiding ever since Mooshahary exposed the irregularities of the varsity.

On Monday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) constituted a nine-member expert committee headed by Tezpur University Vice Chancellor Mihir K. Chaudhury to look into alleged irregularities committed by the private university.

The university was established by an act passed by the state legislature in 2009 while it started functioning from October 17, 2010. It is alleged to have issued a large number of fake PhDs.

CMJ University had been running distance education centres outside the state, in other parts of the country as well as in some centres abroad, in breach of University Grants Commission regulations and guidelines.

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