Two senators of Punjab University (PU) namely Ajay Ranga and Varinder Singh started their hunger strike outside the vice-chancellor (V-C) office demanding rotation of headship at the university institute of legal studies (UILS) on PU campus on Monday.
Ranga claimed that he was also joined by 20 odd other senators and UILS faculty in support of their demand. On the first day, two of other senators- SS Sanga and Trilok Badhu- also sat on chain hunger strike in support of their demand.
Ranga added that he had been raising the introduction of rotation system of headship in the institute for past one year in syndicate and senate, but nothing had happened.
“Four committees have been formed so far. Out of which, three committees have recommended introduction of the said system in the institute,” he said adding that matter was being sent before syndicate, whereas the V-C had the powers to start rotation system in the institute as per the PU calendar.
He accused the V-C of playing politics and dividing the faculty.
“He did everything to get the work done when he had to employ his wife, but in this case, he has been sitting for years,” Ranga alleged.
He also said, for over four years only a single professor namely Sangeeta Bhalla had been given the charge and now, new committee had recommended to give her extension for another three years.
Meanwhile, PU in a statement said the syndicate would consider the recommendations of the SS Johl committee regarding the headship of UILS in its February 22 meeting.
“The committee has unanimously resolved that the rotation of headship in the institute shall always be amongst the professors of law only and the incumbent honorary head, being the only law professor in the institute be appointed as chairperson of UILS for a term of three years,” the PU statement said.
The statement added that, earlier, the committee headed by then dean of university instructions (DUI), RK Kohli had recommended that a committee should be constituted to look into the merits and demerits of rules with regard to rotation of headship and come out with suggestions/ recommendations appropriate in the present day environment and its applicability in the professional institute/centres/schools having multi faculty/multi-discipline.
A committee formed then had opined that a policy be evolved regarding headship of new departments/institutes/centres, case by case, by treating them separate from each other in view of its structure and working etc. and the prescribed requirement of the relevant regulatory body.