MORE THAN a week has passed since the Governor directed Lucknow University (LU) administration to restore autonomy of the College of Arts and Craft. But, LU bosses are having selective amnesia over the issue.
The Governor had directed the LU administration to ascertain seniority of Rajiv Nayan, head of Art and Craft department, College of Arts and Craft and then appoint him as dean/principal of the college. He clearly wrote: “if he (Rajiv) is the senior most faculty member of that institution, then as per university rules and regulations he be made dean of the Arts and Craft faculty of the college.”
But, LU is seeking legal opinion on Governor’s directives and has not bothered to clear varsity’s stand.
The Governor, in his directives, had further ordered that Nayan be given the charge of principal of Arts College for being the dean of the college. This direction from Chancellor came following Nayan’s representation challenging LU administration decision to take direct control of Arts College after the term of the principal/dean BN Shukla ended recently. Disgusted with the lackluster attitude of the varsity administration, Nayan has submitted another representation to the Governor and the vice-chancellor afresh.
When contacted, Nayan said: “Since the V-C didn’t implement the Chancellor’s directives, I have mooted a fresh representation to him.
It’s a reminder to the V-C pleading him to adhere to the order instantly. In my reminder to the V-C, I specifically pointed out that as per the Act, he has no other option but to adhere to the directives. But, it seems that the V-C is trying to override the Chancellor. Strangely, the varsity administration is tightlipped on the issue.”
According to Nayan, the Chancellor has done justice to him. This decision means that the committee constituted by the LU last month to undertake the administrative, development, renovation work and of course the control of Fine Arts faculty now stands null and void. Ever since LU passed order to take over Arts College after the retirement of BN Shukla, there has been quite a heart burning amongst the present and former teachers of the college.
This move of LU was not well-received by the teachers of Arts College who feared that it would adversely hit the autonomy of the college. Aggrieved teachers, then, sought intervention of the Executive Council members of LU who also appealed to the Governor to look into the matter. When contacted, sources close to LU V-C stated that V-C has sent a letter to Raj Bhawan and is waiting for fresh guidelines on the issue. Experts described this move of V-C as a tactical one as this may allow somebody to file a litigation in the court challenging Nayan’s seniority.