No headway in meeting over Ludhiana college principal's 'misbehaviour'
Panjab University (PU) vice-chancellor (V-C) Arun Grover finally met the committee members who had complained of misbehaviour by a Ludhiana college principal, on Friday. However the meeting reached no conclusive decision, as the V-C did not recommend any action against the college.chandigarh Updated: May 31, 2013 22:55 IST
Panjab University (PU) vice-chancellor (V-C) Arun Grover finally met the committee members who had complained of misbehaviour by a Ludhiana college principal, on Friday. However the meeting reached no conclusive decision, as the V-C did not recommend any action against the college.
The incident happened on Monday, May 27, when principal of Guru Nanak Girls College (GNGC), Ludhiana, Charanjit Mahal allegedly threw her walking stick at Rajesh Gill, chairperson of sociology department at PU, who as part of a committee from PU was on a visit to the college to probe a complaint by 21 faculty members who had alleged harassment at the hands of the management and principal.
On Friday, sources said, even though committee members urged the V-C for taking action into the incident -- so that a signal may be sent out that such "nuisance" by any college will not be tolerated -- the V-C did not budge. The V-C was not available for comment.
This development has further irked faculty members at the university. One senior faculty member, also a senator, said, "The top administration needs to understand that a leader is as good as his team. The committee members had gone to the Ludhiana college as part of their official duty. And if any untoward incident happened there, it is for the varsity authorities to resolve that."
Another senator commented, "The meeting was called by the V-C four days after the incident. Even after delay in listening to the committee members, if the meeting remained inconclusive then the higher authorities need to look into their ways of functioning."