THE DEVI Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) is all set to get a new Registrar in Dr Sanjay Tiwari who is currently Barkatullah University (Bhopal) registrar. DAVV Registrar Dr Parikshit Singh will replace him. News of the impending change has created a stir in both universities.
Incidentally, Singh was removed from his post after his tussle with then Vice Chancellor C S Chaddha and Dr Tiwari is involved in a spat with Barkatullah V-C Professor R S Sirohi and wants out of the mess.
The similarity between the two doesn’t end here. Their characteristic style of functioning, including taking bold and immediate decisions and being a stickler for rules, is much talked about in university circles. Dr Singh claims a victory over his opponent in the battle over rights by pointing out that all issues he stood for had ultimately proved correct.
The consolidation of over 30 accounts operated by University Teaching Departments of Self-Financing Courses have been ordered by the Executive Committee (EC) to be unified under a single fund, which was his major demand and the major bone of contention.
Similarly, Tiwari also claims moral victory in his differences with Sirohi over restructuring existing programmes. After proposals by both Registrars asking for this change the Higher Education Department has brought out a note sheet, which is pending approval by the Chief Minister and is expected to be finalised soon.
All work, no pay?
THE AGE-OLD predicament of being assigned several additional responsibilities faced by government school teachers, instead of getting resolved over time, seems to have slipped into more confusing terrain.
High officials from the School Education Department use harsh language against teachers overburdened with work. The officials have even said in unequivocal terms that they will have to function even 24 hours if necessary and carry out all routine activities assigned to them from time to time.
The teachers’ long-standing complaint is that they are faced with a double-edged sword. On the one hand they are ordered to improve results and have nearly 100 per cent teaching attendance in classrooms, while on the other hand they are assigned several responsibilities ranging from cattle count, to vaccination, to election duty.
This despite the fact that the department never lets go of any opportunity to boast of the fact that they have the largest workforce in the State just as the Railways is the largest employer in the country. This large workforce has been treated to the ‘carrot and stick’ policy. However, the teachers have now got some hope from the statements of Principal Secretary School Education Dr M S Dani who said he would pay attention to resolving this matter for good.
All for a regular…
CURRENT V-C Dr Rajkamal, known for his different style of functioning, has toed an altogether different line from that of his predecessors by demanding appointment of a regular Registrar. Dr Rajkamal, who had gone to Bhopal on Tuesday to meet Higher Education Department brass and apprise them of requirements of the university, also asked for appointment of a regular Registrar. Incidentally, Registrars have always been looked upon as traditional adversaries by V-Cs despite the fact that they are appointed to assist the V-C in the smooth running of the university.
Though Dr Rajkamal, in the absence of any specific order from Bhopal, denies knowledge of appointment of a Registrar a regular appointment soon is the most talked about issue in the university.