Panjab University campus faculty wants transferred teachers to go back

  • Vinod Kumar,, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 18, 2015 21:49 IST

The decision of Panjab University (PU) to transfer teachers appointed at the regional centres on to the campus has caused resentment among the campus faculty.

The varsity had recently transferred assistant professor Dr Varinder Kumar Negi from regional centre in Hoshiarpur to University Institute of Legal Students, PU, and assistant professor Dr Jasbir Singh from PU rural centre, Kauni, to PU department of history.

The Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) and some syndicate members had opposed the move, but the authorities went ahead with the decision.

Terming the transfers as a back door entry, PUTA had submitted a memorandum to the syndicate. The teachers body had demanded that the transferred teachers should be immediately sent back to their original place of posting and the transfers be declared null and void.

Objecting to the move, five syndicate members, also had registered their dissent in the last syndicate meeting in which both the transfers had come for approval on grounds that there is no policy for transfer of teachers from regional centres to campus and the authorities adopted a pick and choose policy.

Taking cognizance of the decision, PUTA on Wednesday convened meeting of its executives to decide the course of action. To safeguard the interest of the faculty on the campus, it was resolved to take up the matter with vice-chancellor Prof Arun Grover.

PUTA president, Prof Rajat Sandhir said that there is a need to reconsider the decision. "The issue will be taken up with the V-C and we are confident of resolving the issue," said Prof Sandhir.

The transfers were done on grounds that the university has power to assign teachers' duties in the same subject in other teaching departments of the university in order to utilise their subject expertise and to meet the needs of the allied departments.

Dean university instructions (DUI) Prof AK Bhandari, who as member of syndicate had registered his dissent, said that the varsity should first frame a policy to ensure that there is uniformity and such transfers are not done on pick and choose basis. "Such transfers should be avoided till there is a policy in place," he said.

According to sources, citing lack of policy as a reason, the varsity in past had turned down many requests of teachers for transfer to campus from regional centres.

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