Jai Narayan Vyas University recruitment scam: Dean of MSU’s arts faculty arrested, faces suspension

VADODARA: The arrest of the dean of M S University’s famed Faculty of Arts has sent shockwaves across the campus in Vadodara on Sunday.

Professor Pradeep Singh Choondawat who was enjoying second term as dean of MSU’s faculty was arrested by the anti-corruption sleuths in Jodhpur on Saturday. This is the first instance in which a sitting dean of the Baroda university has been arrested.

The anti-corruption bureau (ACB) of Jodhpur has arrested Choondawat in connection with a teachers’ recruitment scam of Jodhpur-based Jai Narayan Vyas University (JNVU). Choondawat was invited as a subject expert in the selection committee formed for appointing assistant professors in sociology department at JNVU in 2012.The cops have earlier arrested former vice chancellor of JNVU B S Rajpurohit, former MLA from Jodhpur and Congress leader Jugal Kabra, suspended professor of JNVU Dungar Singh Khimchi, former professor of JNVU A S Sharma and former professor of Sukhadia University Dariyav Singh Chundavat in connection to the recruitment scam.
Choondawat, aged 62 years, who was due to retire in the second half of this year from MSU, is now facing suspension.

As per civil service rules, any employee who spends 24 hours or more in police custody has to be suspended.

“We have already approached the police department to collect the details of the complaint registered against him. Based on legal opinion and as per government rules, we will initiate further action,” said professor M N Parmar, in-charge vice-chancellor (VC) of MSU.

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