New Delhi: IIT Kharagpur has accepted the resignation of whistle-blower professor Rajeev Kumar, whose compulsory retirement order was quashed by president Pranab Mukherjee days before he demitted office.
IIT Kharagpur had suspended Kumar for “misconduct” in May 2011, the same year the Supreme Court had lauded him as an “unsung hero” for his efforts to reform the IIT Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) which has since been re-christened as JEE Advanced.
The institute set up a probe panel that found him guilty.
Kumar was accused of “damaging the reputation of the institute” by levelling allegations on issues ranging from irregularities in the purchase of laptops to rampant copying by students during examinations.
In 2014, the IIT decided to compulsorily retire him.
He had also appealed to the then president requesting that the order be quashed.
While he had resigned in 2014, the institution had not accepted his resignation saying the matter was sub-judice.
Days before he demitted office last month, Mukherjee had ordered setting aside of the penalty imposed on Kumar.
The HRD ministry had last week an issued order to the IIT Kharagpur director to comply with the former president’s order.