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V-C Grover tells PU senate he will resign if asked to

chandigarh Updated: Sep 30, 2013 01:00 IST
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Panjab University

Panjab University vice-chancellor (V-C) AK Grover on Sunday told the senate that he would offer his resignation if its members asked for the same.

Replying to questions by some senate members that he had said at forums that the PU senate and syndicate were not allowing him to function properly, V-C Grover said, "I will put in my papers in a minute's time if you people think that I should not continue."

The matter came up during the zero-hour discussion of the senate meeting.

Senate member Ashok Goyal, starting the debate, said the impression on the outside was that the syndicate and senate were not allowing the V-C to function properly.

He also questioned the timings of Saturday's syndicate meeting, claiming that it was called despite some members writing against it.

One of the senate members also asked the V-C whether he had written any letter to the chancellor about the same. To this, the V-C said he had not written any such letter and he was ready to show the senate members, correspondences between the V-C office and the university chancellor, Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari. The V-C looked visibly upset during the heated debate.

The matter ended after senate member and local MP Pawan Bansal intervened; He said that members were happy the way V-C was conducting the debates and his contributions could not be ignored: "I think participation in the recent senate meetings has gone up."

Major decisions takes Appointments

The senate approved the appointment of Navdeep Goyal as dean of students' welfare, though no discussion took place. The university's apex body also the approved appointment of Vineet Poonia as director of public relations, PU.

The senate also approved the controversial appointment of a stage craft teacher, Shveta Mahendra, as an assistant professor in the department of Indian theatre with effect from the year 2000. It was decided she would only be paid the basic salary and not any allowance for the period between 2000 and 2013. Some members opposed her re-designation, claiming that it was in violation of rules set by University Grants Commission, but later agreed to make an exception.

'Allow student council chief to attend senate meetings'

After student council president Chandan Rana protested outside the meeting venue for not being allowed to take part in discussions, the matter was raised in the meeting. To this, the V-C said that a proposal for the same should come from the student council and he would second it and send it to the PU chancellor, Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.

Grade 'R' for students short of attendance

The senate also approved new gradation for engineering and technology students. Now, a new category of 'R' has been inserted which will be awarded to students whose attendance is less than 75%. Such students will have to repeat the course.

Senate criticises report on sexual harassment case

The senate was critical of a report on a sexual harassment case which was reported in 2011. Many members were critical of PU's grievance redressal system for sexual harassment cases. The senate decided that three increments of the persons against whom the charges were levelled be withdrawn, but held that the case was not of sexual harassment and termed it as a case of gross administrative misconduct

Prospectus for colleges gets costlier

The university senate approved that the cost of the prospectus to be raised for constituent colleges from Rs 120 to Rs 150. It also decided colleges to allow to the increase number of seats for BA first year from 200 to 300.

The senate also resolved to approach the Centre for allowing PU to pay an annual interest of 8.5% to all teachers who continued to work after attaining the age of 60 due to pendency of their cases in courts

Stipend hiked for theatre students

The senate also enhanced monthly stipend or scholarships from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000 for MA first- and second-year students in the department of Indian theatre and increased financial assistance to teachers for attending conferences from Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000.