IN A big blow to Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) Vice-Chancellor C S Chaddha, the State Government on Friday cancelled the interviews for 15 posts in the School of Pharmacy, which were being conducted without intimating the Registrar, Parikshit Singh.
Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) activists demonstrated twice at the university’s RNT Marg campus and even entered Chaddha’s chamber once in the middle of the interviews.
The University Teaching Department (UTD) School of Pharmacy has been in the centre of controversies ever since its establishment in 2001. The department was started at a temporary location in Takshshila campus (Khandwa Road) where at present EMRC is located. The department headed by Dr S C Chaturvedi, has now been shifted near SGSITS.
Rector Dr Sudhakar Bharti was the first head of department. The post of director was lying vacant at present. Apart from Chaturvedi the department has only three other full time lecturers and meets the shortage in staff by appointing nine visiting faculties.
All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) had objected to the scarcity of staff and even threatened to derecognize the institute.
Recently the Raj Bhawan had also taken objection and the Governor and Chancellor of universities, had asked the university not to appoint a director to the controversial post.
However, Chaddha issued a notice for conducting interviews for 15 posts including that of director (one), Professor (three), Reader (four) and Lecturer (eight) through the office of the Rector.
Despite the University now having a full-fledged Registrar, Singh was not informed of the process. It is alleged that Chaddha instigated Singh’s juniors who were made to supersede him in many matters to conduct the interview.
ABVP activists gathered at about 11 am under the leadership of city general secretary Kamlesh Vaishnav and objected to the process of the interview for which applicants had been screened without the knowledge of the Registrar.
They alleged that holding of interview was unconstitutional and against the norms. They demanded an audience with Chadhha, which he refused citing that he was busy in conducting interviews, following which a delegation of about 12 activists entered his cabin where the interviews were being conducted and raised slogans.
They apprised him of the objection taken by Executive Committee (EC) member Dr Shobha Vaidya.