Appointment of K Usha at CUSAT violated norms: University whistleblower forum

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Thiruvananthapuram: Save University Campaign Committee (SUCC), a whistleblower forum, has come up with a claim that a guest lecturer from Mahatma Gandhi University (MG University) has been directly appointed as professor of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT).

According to the forum, MG University pro-Vice-Chancellor CT Aravindakumar’s wife Dr K Usha has been appointed as professor in CUSAT violating rules. There are evidence to prove the alleged malpractice, the forum said. SUCC has lodged a complaint with Governor on this.

One of the main contentions is that Aravindakumar issued a fake experience certificate to his wife when he was the director of School of Environmental Sciences under MG University, which inturn facilitated her to become the professor. The period working as investigator and pool officer on contract terms are considered as teaching experience.

Similarly, Higher Education Council assistant chief Rajan Gurukkal worked as guide violating norms, the forum alleged.

The notification for the post happened in 2015 and Usha was the first person to get appointment during Left government.

However, Usha refuted the allegations and maintained that she will approach court against the misleading narrative.

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