Tuesday, November 6, 2007

NERIST-Under the Cloud of Controversy

The controversy surrounding NERIST (North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology) of harassment, suspension and subsequent arrest of one of it’s employee on fabricated charges hasn’t died down yet when another controversy involving the Director of the institution, Professor Kalyan Kumar surfaced.

The Director of this premier technical institution of the region has been alleged of corrupt practices, irregularities and plagiarism by AAPSU (All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union) and the student’s body submitted a memorandum to the Governor for removal of the Director within a week’s time, the failure of which would lead AAPSU to take its own course of action in association with NESO (North East Students Organization).

In a report appearing in the 5th November edition of The Arunachal Times, the students' body alleges-

“Prof. K. Kumar was found guilty for plagiarism by Committee of Experts on examination of one of his recent papers. The Expert Committee constituted of three retired academics and their own initiative investigated oneof Prof. Kumar’s papers and found him guilty of plagiarism.

There are three other papers of his that’s been copied from other’s research. The ExpertCommittee further accused Prof. K. Kumar and A.K. Singh of copying about 80% of the original work. S.N. Singh and P.K. Bordoloi of NERIST are two other authors who have plagiarized paper along with K.Kumar.”


Further, the students’ body alleged Prof. Kalyan Kumar of using fraudulent means to get himself appointed as the Director of NERIST without taking clearance from CVC (Central Vigilance Commission) when a corruption case was pending against him. Besides, he has been alleged of taking bribe for awarding contracts; irregularities in appointment of lecturer’s without following UGC norms, irregularities in MBA admissions and atrocities and discriminations on ST/SC faculty members. The President of AAPSU, Kanu Bagang questions,"How can any institute that produce human resources for the region and the country as a whole be in the hands of a fraud and a moocher of Intellectual Property Rights?”

Earlier the Institution was entangled in a controversy when NERIST Employees Union General Secretary and LDC (Lower Divisional Clerk) accused the authorities of harassing, suspension and his arrest on fabricated charges. The only crime that he committed was (according to the report) that he stood up against the authority and sought information under RTI Act; related to appointment of the Director. Apparently, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has served a show cause notice to the Registrar of the Institution for denying information under the Act and for threatening the employee for using RTI Act and had asked the Registrar to appear before the Commission by 5th November.

Huh! So much of a rot in the system.


Update:
Read more about the above controversy here and wikipedia entry here.

25 comments:

  • Anonymous

    Being a willfully observer of the whole issue of having "clouds" over Director of NERIST, Prof Kalyan Kumar, all i wanted to know that , Is there any enquiry committee set up, i mean officially, to check out the discrepancies in the thesis work of Professor.

  • Anonymous

    i think what prof. kalyan kumar had done was an unexpected being a senior faculty memeber. But what is worrying is that the AAPSU are crossing their limits. Its is not in business to interfare in the working of the esteem institude. the action should be taken by the Board of Directors and who is approprite to take action not the student body.... I think AAPSU are interfering in the machinery of the state government also.They are turning to radicalism . The govermnet should take hold of them . they are running as if they are running a parallel government.
    The time is ripe now.

  • AG

    @anony1,
    Officially, whatever I know of, no committee has been set up to check for the discrepancies in the thesis work of the Professor.

    @anon2,
    This time I'm bit supportive of AAPSU and they have raised their voice in the right issue. I mean instead of rising their voice on matter that is irrelevant to them, this time they have raised issue that concerns them-the student community. But instead of demanding ouster of the Professor, it would have been better if they demanded thorough enquiry into the matter and for action according to the outcome of the enquiry.

    If I look from other perspective, sometimes I feel if there is any other reason other than the 'plagiarism' issue seeking the ouster of NERIST Director by AAPSU? If it is the case, then your view that AAPSU is turning to radicalism holds quite true and that's alarming.

  • Anonymous

    From the website, it looks that some papers have been plagiarised. It seems independant experts have shown similarities in the works. . If it is truely the case, which I am sure the director knows, he should resign on moral grounds. Anyway, i support AAPSU's iniative as it is academic and its high time AAPSU concenterates on academic stuff.

  • gaurav

    when there is one or two incidents of plagiarism, u can suppose it as inadvertent but when more than 20 papers of a professor and a lecturer is plagiarised , how can you expect them to be clean..prof, kalyan kumar is a devil mind and he is surely not going to resign himself becuase he can influence the inquiry and polticians to get out free...everybody knows he is a fraud but apathy of mhrd and arunachal government pursuaded the aapsu to take its stand but unfortunately they took him lightly and were defeated....even japanese embassy has lodged their complaint over plagiarising of prof k.kumar of a japanese resercher..but, indian organisations are keeping mum to save him..his coleague ak singh's phd is also inquired by tejpur university for the same reasons...how one can expect them to be truthful

  • EmoreL

    I would like to appreciate the initiative taken by AAPSU, on this issue...which otherwise would have slipped away like any other issues of importance.
    One can't just watch and wait for political bigwigs to take action, cause one can't take the credibility of these bigwigs for granted.
    Its a shame...we are mere onlookers of these kind of farcical activities, not new to any Arunachali equations, and more it would be shameful, if we expect the same frm those so called bigwigs, which infact are much more gross in nature compared to the plagiarism.
    Just a redefined state of Plagiarism , with plural definitions of everything.

  • iccotdis

    This is a very recent development. The faculty association of NERIST has decided to organise a protest march or dharna or something like that, regarding the plagiarism case. Prof. K.Kumar has already been removed from the Dirctor's post. The NERIST Faculty Association is planning further agitation regarding the matter.

  • Anonymous

    prof. kalyan kumar is a very good person.but everybody cannot want to see truth.every comments r fault.i know he is very intelligent & hardworking.his work has not plagiarised.may be, someone can also use him. now time is not good for him so, he is suffering from that problem.anyway god knows everything.i am sure one day he will be come back with his honour & he will get everything which he lost on those day.

  • AG

    @anony,
    May be what you say are true of prof. Kalyan Kumar-that he is very intelligent, he is very hardworking, someone is using him, time is not good for him etc., etc., But how do you say that every commenter is wrong? How do you say that he (Prof. Kalyan Kumar) has not 'plagiarised' any work from others when the press report and links on the net says otherwise? Well, I'd love to hear more from you on this with substantiation on what you say :)

  • Anonymous

    I was a student of NERIST and i owe to Mr kalyan kumar.I single handedly made campus interview possible in NERIST.Also there were incedents when non tribal students were beaten up by tribal local students.It was also controlled.I dont care if he was involved in plagiarism or not.Only thing I care about is if he did a good job or not.For me he did.I am sure that there are so many who support him, but just cant raise their voice since they are not localites

  • AG

    Anony,

    There is no doubt that Prof. Kalyan Kumar did a lot for NERIST in the field of bringing in companies for campus interviews, (I got this feedback from other NERISTian's, besides you) but the question is can a 'criminal be made judge of the court'? If you go by the report, besides plagiarism charge he was accused of resorting to fraudulent means to get himself appointed as the Director of Premier institute and other irregularities...etc., etc.

    "I single handedly made campus interviews possible in NERIST"

    ??? Mr. Anonymous....by any chance are you Prof. Kalyan Kumar...

    "Also there were incedents when non tribal students were beaten up by tribal local students. It was also controlled."

    I assume sorting out of problems of student is a part and parcel of administration of institution-why differentiation of students' problems as that of localite/tribal students v/s outsiders/non-tribals. Aren't all they students of same institute?

    "I am sure that there are so many who support him, but just cant raise their voice since they are not localites"

    Well, this forum is all yours to raise the voice to clear the charges on Prof. Kalyan Kumar, if he was wrongly implicated without bothering if you are a localite or not...

  • Anonymous

    @AG
    Lets get pragmatic here.I am not KK by any chance nore accuse you of being biased against KK.
    --
    My emotions about NERIST spilled out here when I heard what happened few days back with the Registrar.Well thats another story.

    U know what let me tell u a bitter truth you already know.Noone is perfect in the world and we are all using some unfair means by one way or the other.If I put an enquiry commision on you now, then they might be able to find something illegal about you.I have always believed in my life,People might be good or bad but again depends on your perception at the end of the day. Someone bad might be good for u and that is what matters.
    Plagiarism: I am not sure half of NERISTian know what it means unless brought to their notice by someone.Who cares anywys?
    All you should be caring about in college is getting a decent job and living a decent life free of terror.
    KK created just that,a secured enviroment for students and getting Campus. I din't expect more out of this college.
    What students should concentrate on is their studies, career and exracarriculars ... not on that fact there need to be a wall in the premises or if someone in college was recrited illegally.
    I know lots of Neristians who use fradulent means to manipulate their marksheets(coz of people like TOPA)and are working in top MNCs of the country.And companies are aware of a few cases later, but they dont fire people,Why?
    Coz they know what ever be the past, they are working hard now and are important for their business to grow.
    I dont know if KK is a criminal or not but if He is doing justice with his job, he sure can be a judge1!!

  • AG

    Anony,

    First of all it would have been better if you had posted non-anonymously, may be with pseudonym if you don't want to reveal yourself. But never mind.

    My emotions about NERIST spilled out here when I heard what happened few days back with the Registrar.Well thats another story.

    Well, I heard about that incident too though I haven't covered it here in Arunachal Diary. Whatever happened to the Registrar or the Student's was bad and may be each had their own justified reasons for their actions. After all every coin has two faces. Only proper and unbiased enquiry/investigation will reveal the truth of the incident.

    I agree with you that no one is perfect in the world and that people are good or bad based only on one's perception of others. But how do you generalize that each one of us has resorted to unfair means in some point of time or other to climb the ladder of success (emphasis mine). Wouldn't it have been better if you had put-say most of us has used unfair means at one point of time or the other.:)

    I appreciate what Prof. KK did for NERIST and appreciate the fact that may be he was wrongly ousted from his post, but I wonder, why didn't he tried to come out clean? What stopped him from getting legal help?

    "What students should concentrate on is their studies, career and exracarriculars ... not on that fact there need to be a wall in the premises or if someone in college was recrited illegally.".

    Well, since from beginning I was and am advocating against students' or students' union taking undue interest in the matter other than that matters them and in one of the comments above I had said, "If I look from other perspective, sometimes I feel if there is any other reason other than the 'plagiarism' issue seeking the ouster of NERIST Director by AAPSU? If it is the case, then your view that AAPSU is turning to radicalism holds quite true and that's alarming." So, I too am in agreement with your statement, right.

    "I know lots of Neristians who use fradulent means to manipulate their marksheets(coz of people like TOPA)and are working in top MNCs of the country.And companies are aware of a few cases later, but they dont fire people,Why?"

    Here I seem to be in total disagreement with you. Knowing that one has used a fraudulent means to enter a Company, can the company believe that employee that he/she would be loyal to the company even though they are hard working? I guess, that would be enough reason for any company to fire somebody from an organization. What say? By the way who is TOPA???

    "I dont know if KK is a criminal or not but if He is doing justice with his job, he sure can be a judge1!!"

    Mind you, here I'm in no way trying to say that Prof. KK is criminal. I used the phrase just to put my words...

  • buru

    Plagiarism: I am not sure half of NERISTian know what it means unless brought to their notice by someone.Who cares anywys?
    All you should be caring about in college is getting a decent job and living a decent life free of terror.
    KK created just that,a secured enviroment for students and getting Campus. I din't expect more out of this college.
    What students should concentrate on is their studies, career and exracarriculars ... not on that fact there need to be a wall in the premises or if someone in college was recrited illegally.


    I had full sympathy for you with your first post, giving you the benefit of doubt.But after the above post I have nothing but contempt for you..You are the epitome of self-aggrandizement.
    Shame.
    (This is not to mean KK is wrong or students were right).

  • Anonymous

    @buru
    Where did u feel I tried to aggrandize myself.I can reply to you in the same tone but we are from the same college and I respect all NERISTians.I would rather just disregard your comment as a sign of immaturity.

    @AG
    I wont disclose who I am but would say that I was an executive body member of SUN twice(not on very big posts).So I am completely aware of how things work out in NERIST.Unfortunately joining SUN was a mistake as it is just a body running with the will of GS and Presidents and other excutive members are just volunteers to execute their willingness.Again Buru i am not trying to aggrandize myself but metioning about SUN(coz I have already mentioned I wasnt on big posts)

    Again I dint say that people/you always use a fradulent means to suceed.Instead i meant to say that sometimes things we do are not legal like a company employee opening gmail in officeby logging on to some other network(client's).In real life all of us are wrong somewhere intensionallyor unintensionally.


    All I am concerned aboutif the win of SUN in the outsting of KK and registrar would have got them on the charged up again.Iam afraid if this is leading to a big question mark ---- Is NERIST slipping into the old ways.

    About the registrar incedent,i agree each had their own reasons, but isnt it terrifying to witness someone with kids and wife being put on remand for 7 days(along with his kids).What would you have done to I you were in his place. I would have probably done the same to save my ass from getting wipped.But again I feel sorry for him and his family.Being a govt. servant , i am not even sure he will ever get a decent job or not.I

    Well i too agree with you about private companies firing people, but what i meant to say was some people are too important for the organisation and they get what they want, and this is where exception happens.This is not always the case but has a very minor probability of occurance.i was just another example.

    "but I wonder, why didn't he tried to come out clean? What stopped him from getting legal help?"

    It has been time since i passed out from NERIST and I am not sure if he tried to defend himself or not.As far as I know he is still on trial in court of law in Delhi.Only the court's decision could regard him guilty.

    TOPA is the great Mr. A.S. Rai

  • AG

    Anony,

    Guess, I've bit of figured out who you are...

    "All I am concerned aboutif the win of SUN in the outsting of KK and registrar would have got them on the charged up again...."

    Well, if ousting of Prof. KK and Registrar was just to fulfill the whims of SUN's Prez. and GS and that of Prez/Secretary of employee union..then you have the justified reason to be concerned..

    Regarding the Registrar's incident, as I've said before both the parties might have their own justified reasons for their action. I am not in a position to comment right now who was at fault until I know exactly why and how that incident happened. And yes I too feel sorry for the Registrar and for the students' who were seriously wounded in that incident.

  • buru

    anonymous,

    You are welcome to use any tone of voice as long as it is not abusive language and appropriate for the occasion.I stand by my description.
    1.I am not a NERISTIAN, how did you deduce it??

    2.You ,an Engineer/Software/scientist ,thinks nobody should care about plagiarism by the head of an premier educational/scientific institution-- you dont deserve to be in your post..In developed countries, the biggest sin a scientist can commit is Plagiarism-- for good reason.

    3.You say all ur energies in college is towards a good job and career. No wonder point 1 illustrates ur ' hook or crook' attitude.

    4.You expected the job of a registrar of an institute to end with providing ' security ' and nothing more. Points 1&2&3 explians your low-targets in life.

    5.You are not bothered if the registrar recruits undeserving candidates or commit nepotism.Naturally your classmates would have been such as above, and I wont be surprised if you were one ,going by points 1-4.

    Your ' concern' for KK is not based on any ethical principle but on some personal/special relationship with KK and/or old grudges .It comes out clear as daylight, whether you intended it or not. You tell me who is the immature/selfish chap here..?

  • Anonymous

    @Buru
    Now I feel vindicated of something I am not trying to do out here.Accusing me of low targets/selfishness bla bla bla is not going to reflect your point on this issue clearly.It is my suggestion to you as a friend that be result-oriented from my past experiences.I know my comments will appear to you as the of a foe, but this is not what I intended to do in here.About me,I have no grudge or inclination towrds you or KK.

    I just want my intitute to be in good books in terms of students its produces,in terms of placement and in terms of a good hostel life.Whoever gives it solves the purpose of the purpose of many.As I already said, i am result- oriented and this is what I intended in my comments.You can call we whatever on my result-oriented attitude, but at the end of the day resut is what matters.

  • buru

    I think I made my point perfectly clear.I am talking at the level of ethics and principles. You are at talking at NERIST level.I have nothing to do with the whole contoversy, so I am neither your friend nor foe. But I cannot accept somebody who wants to condone plagiarism, nepotism, bribery, manipulation and the like( yes you are condoning it).

    Result Oriented?????!
    What results do you expect if a person considers condone plagiarism, nepotism, bribery, manipulation and the like to be perfectly acceptable, as long as it gives bread and butter? That is what I had called as epitome of selfishness.

  • Anonymous

    It is high time that the AP government take a stern action against AAPSU. They are doing whatever they like at the whims of their fancy. Otherwise they will turn out to be like the MNS of Arunachal. They should try to do something good for the student community since they are a student body. Instead they are putting their hands here and there on political matters, which should be left to the state politicos. It was Mr. Gegong Apang who had embolden AAPSU. He had involved the student body in the political process for his own political gain. It is too much. Radicalism in any form should not be allowed in the state.

  • Anonymous

    @Buru

    Lets end this word of wars here.This is going out too far.You are consistently trying to y thing I see you are defame me,rather than being a part of a healthy dicussion.
    This only thing u seem insistent on is plagiarism bla bla bla.There is nothing else you have to say.I cant change our thinking with my comments.
    At the end of the day,its the the final year students who turn out to be loosers because of politics in NERIST.
    It was back in 2006 when the run for the post of director was at full pace and final year students suffered and very few campus interview were conducted.This year will all this dramam going on , it will be the students who will suffer.
    But mind it, get a job this time without campus interview will be like snatching a prey from lion.People are being fired here and its a bloodbath going on. We will soon soon see a financial crisis and th biggest loser will be who?--- final year students and for what---something that dint do and dint want to be pa part of --- Dirty NERIST politics.

  • Anonymous

    sorry it was war or words

  • Anonymous

    war of words

  • buru

    anon,
    I do not do ' bla bla bla '.
    Read my posts carefully before launching into your verbal diarrhea.Either you dont understand what I am saying, or do not want to understand, or incapable of understanding.

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