A group of faculty from the university of Mumbai has written to the chancellor of universities to revoke, what they claim, is an illegal promotion of a colleague. They are also planning to move court against it.
In a seven-paged letter sent to K Sankarnarayanan, the group states that Dolly Sunny, a professor at the university’s economics department, got a promotion to the post of professor by counting her experience as a lecturer in an affiliated college, which is not allowed in the career advancement scheme.
Dolly Sunny denied all charges and said that her promotion was legal. “I deny all the allegations. I am being targetted here. All my promotions have been legal and each time experts have tested the validity and the worth of my work. The UGC has also ruled that my promotion is legal. I will go to court against anyone who challenges my promotion.”
Faculty has obtained data of the proceedings of her promotion through the Right To Information and have forwarded it to the chancellor.
RV Kirdak, director of higher education, Maharashtra, said, “The UGC does not consider a teacher’s college experience for professorship under the career advancement scheme, but then an individual matter can be referred to the UGC.”
AD Sawant, who was then the pro vice chancellor of the university said he was under tremendous political pressure to promote Sunny. The case refers to early 2004 when she joined the university as a reader and became professor in just two years, something that usually takes eight years.