THE ADMINISTRATIVE wing of Devi Ahilya Vishwa Vidyalaya (DAVV) located at RNT Marg wore a deserted look on Tuesday, as 90 per cent of the staff remained absent.
The university presented a strange scenario with employees ranging right from the Vice Chancellor (V-C) to Registrar and below avoiding work by being absent either with leave or without.
The University has just opened after a two-day holiday (Saturday and Sunday) and the employees being in a festive mood after Diwali and Bhai Duj stayed away from work eve today. Only a handful of employees came to work - out of a total of 18 employees at the academic section only three reported for work.
Assistant Registrar Anil Tiwari, who is in charge in the absence of acting Registrar M K Tiwari, officially stated that nearly 90 per cent of the employees were absent. While many employees had taken leave there were others who had simply remained at home. He expressed his inability to provide exact figure of those absent, as no such information was complied at the Registrar office level and would have to be taken from Section Officer of each department.
V-C Dr Rajkamal said that he had taken official two-day leave, as he was unwell. He was not in favour of taking stringent action against those who had stayed away from work as it was festive time and there was not much workload.
New Science College janbhagidari president Dinesh Khandelwal conducted an inspection of the college on Tuesday accompanied by a CID official and issued notice to the principal and wrote letters to the State Government on finding a similar situation in his college.
Khandelwal found similar circumstances when only three from the entire teaching/non-teaching staff of 23 employees was found on duty. He was accompanied by a CID officer who had come on official work to the neighboring Holkar Science College.
Khandelwal told Hindustan Times that there was no holiday in the college yet the staff was missing and this verified the complaints he had been receiving from students in this regard. He had written letters to principal Professor Usha Krishnan thrice earlier of which he had sent copies to the State Government and had always received unsatisfactory replies on her part.
He issued a notice to her on Tuesday asking why the attendance was low and why there was a notice on the College Board announcing a strike observed in the neighboring college on October 18.
Joint Director Higher Education (Indore and Ujjain divisions) Dr N K Dad said that Khandelwal had informed him about the inspection, which he in the capacity of Janbhagidari president was authorised to undertake. He has asked Khandelwal to submit a report on the basis of which action would be taken against the erring employees.