Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Orissa government is keeping mum when Amarikatha, a daily broadsheet preferred by the administration to spread official advertisements, has alleged that the Governor of the State has succumbed to bribe and bureaucratic design in appointing the Vice-Chancellor of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT), Bhubaneswar for a fresh term in stark disregards to the UGC norms.
The paper has raised serious allegations against the conduct of the VC. According to it, D. P. Roy is not the real name of the VC. He was earlier Sambeta Devi Prasanna Rao, a compartmentally passed matriculate, who had entered into Agriculture course by using an allegedly fake intermediate certificate in science and in BSc (Agiculture), had got 14 F grade markings. It has alleged that for such poor result in the Bachelor level, he was refused admission to Masters in Agriculture in OUAT. While somehow doing his Masters at Kolkata, he changed his name to the present one by virtue of an affidavit. He had joined, the paper has further alleged, as an agriculture supervisor under the government, but could eventually succeed in equating this post with that of an Associate Professor and has cultivated an impression as a scholar by using others’ works through plagiarism. His first term as VC was marked for crores of rupees corruption about which allegations are sent to President Mrs. Prativa Patil, the paper has reported in its top-prioritized front page story on November 3, wherein it has alleged that despite being aware of this, the Governor has reappointed Roy as the second term VC obviously under suspected influence of corruption in oblivion of restriction imposed by UGC on reappointment of one person as VC in any university for two consecutive terms.
These allegations are grave in nature inasmuch as a VC of an University has been projected as a miscreant and more seriously, the Governor of the State, whom people have been showing love and respect, has been dragged into a controversial condition.
But astonishingly the VC as well as the State Government have kept mum over the report.