NIT, Rourkela Director to resign in a week

Bhubaneswar: Director of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela SK Sarangi today said he would resign from his post within a week.

Sarangi and the chairperson of the Board of Governors (BoG) of NIT, Rourkela Basantha Ramaswamy are set resign from their posts after differences with other members at a meeting convened by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) on April 22.

Making it clear that he had not been served any marching orders by the ministry, Prof Sarangi said he had taken the decision in the interest of the institute.

“It is the Ministry’s responsibility to ensure that the institute must function efficiently. We are resigning in the larger interest of the institute. At the April 22 meeting in New Delhi, convened by secretary of the Ministry, it was observed that certain provisions of the NIT Act were interpreted differently by the members. We then decided to approach the ministry expecting it to take a call on the issue, which we hoped would be acceptable to all members. But nothing like that happened and we decided that it would be in the best interests of the institute for us to resign. It was not as if the ministry held a gun to our head,” Sarangi told OTV today.

“I hope that the next director of the institute will have more power than me to convince the other members about his point of view,” he said.

He said he is taking a week’s time to decide on the content of his resignation.

Sources said that the Sarangi, honorary Chairperson of Board of Governors (BoG) Vasantha Ramaswamy and Registrar SK Upadhyay were summoned to appear before the Ministry on Friday. While Sarangi and Ramaswamy were reportedly asked to submit their resignation, Upadhyay would continue without portfolio till completion of inquiry.

The spat over jurisdiction over administrative issues was continuing from January 2015. The chairperson was accused of trying to impose her own set of rules interpreting the NIT Act to mean that the BoG is above the Director.

The Director, on his part, justified his action that he is abiding by the NIT Act in discharging his duties. Being the Chief Executive Officer of the institute, he is responsible for all administrative duties, he held.