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Director of NIT-Tiruchi placed under suspension

R. Krishnamoorthy

TIRUCHI: The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has placed the Director of National Institute of Technology – Tiruchi (NIT-T), M. Chidambaram, under suspension.

The order was issued at a meeting chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Governors, NIT-T, R. Seshasayee, in Chennai on Wednesday, official sources said.

The order, referring to an MHRD letter dated September 7, 2010, stated that the NIT-T Director had been placed under suspension with immediate effect, pending initiation of regular departmental action.

Dr. Chidambaram has been asked to report immediately at Indian Institute of Technology – Chennai, his parent institution. His tenure was to end on October 25.

A source in the Board said the charges against Dr. Chidambaram pertained to “financial misappropriation and insubordination.”

V. Sivan, Professor of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, has taken over as Director In-Charge as directed by the Ministry, official sources said.

Dr. Chidambaram, when contacted, said he had not reported to IIT-Chennai since he had not been given an opportunity by the Ministry to reply to charges raised by the Governing Board.

The MHRD ought to have appointed an enquiry committee and arrived at its decision based on its findings.

Stating that justice had been denied to him, Dr. Chidambaram expressed shock at the suspension order, in which, he said, there was no mention of any charge.

“It has been issued at a time when I have just one more month left to complete my tenure.”

The Board of Governors had all along been appreciative of his performance, he said. Only during the last few meetings, it had expressed its displeasure over his functioning and recommended the MHRD his removal from the post to the Ministry.

NIT-Tiruchi had awarded its entire building contracts to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to eliminate scope for corruption.

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