Shanta Kumar demands immediate removal of Vice Chancellor of Himachal Agriculture University


Ex Chief Minister of Himachal and former Central Minister of Atal’s government and presently BJP MP from Kangra constituency, Shanta Kumar has written to the Governor of Himachal Pradesh to send Dr K.K Katoch, (Controversial Vice-Chancellor of CSK HP Agriculture University (CSK HPAU), Palampur) on leave till he is cleared by any kind of probe.

He alleged that the Vice Chancellor had got this prestigious post by producing false documents. He has never written any of the 6 books, that he claims to be an author of and has produced this false fact to grab this post. Shanta Kumar has claimed that he himself has checked the papers of Dr. Katoch and it is a big academic fraud, and Chief Minister of the state is one of the appointing authorities of this post. The time has come when the government of India should revive the rule pertaining to the appointments of Vice Chancellors of different universities of the country.

Just last month Himanshu Mishra, an Advocate of Palampur, in his complaint addressed to the Prime Minister had alleged that Vice Chancellor Dr K.K Katoch submitted a wrong bio-data before Urmila Singh, while applying for this post in 2013 and on the basis of this, the Chancellor cleared his name and he was appointed as the Vice Chacellor. In his complaint Mishra said Katoch in his bio-data at serial number 17 to 24 had claimed that he had authored articles in the journals of Indian Society for Soil Sciences in 1983 and a book called ‘Kheti’of ICAR” in 1984, 1985 and 1986, but these articles never appeared in these journals.

Dr Katoch also claimed to have written eight books, whereas in six books, he was just a patron and neither he was the author nor the publisher. The actual authors were Dr N.N Angras, Dr Kushal Singh Rana and other working scientists of the university.

Mishra had filed a similar complaint to Chancellor Urmila Singh in 2013, but no action was taken. Later, he approached the Prime Minister M Narender Modi , who forwarded his complaint to the Principal Secretary, Home, who further asked the Director General of Police, Himachal Pradesh to conduct fair and impartial inquiry. Himanshu said that he had collected

the entire information under the Right to Information Act and all this information was made on the basis of facts supplied to him by various departments of the university and had filed a complaint to the Chancellor and later these were sent Prime Minister of India. Meanwhile, Dr KK Katoch was not available for any comment .

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