GOVERNOR TV Rajeswar today intervened in the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences row over suspension orders for two faculty members and prevented the crisis from going out of control. The Governor said that the general interest of the faculty of institute would be protected.
After a row erupted over the suspension orders issued by the chief secretary’s office for two faculty members -- Dr Sita Niak and Dr Seema Sharma -- the Governor summoned the SGPGIMS director and the suspension order files. The charge for the suspensions was their trips abroad during the recent vacations.
The two had applied for permission to go abroad, but the state government had not cleared their application. Despite the no, the two went ahead with their trips. The files containing the suspension orders were sent to the SGPGIMS on Saturday. By Monday morning many agitated faculty members threatened to resign en masse. The chief secretary is the president of the institute while the Governor is the Visitor.
The PGI director reached the Governor House early morning and submitted the files. Immediately on return to the institute, the director summoned a meeting of HoDs where he conveyed the Governor’s message.It may be mentioned that in two decades of its existence never ever a PGI faculty member has been suspended. Later in the evening a General Body meeting of the faculty was held where they condemned the action of the chief secretary and welcomed the intervention by the Governor. “The Governor has assured us that he will look into the matter and also has advised the faculty not to take any drastic measure until the issue was resolved.”