Santosh Gite, an assistant professor from the department of statistics at Mumbai University, has written to the vice-chancellor alleging that his department head, Ramakrishna Shenoy, was biased in not recommending him for a promotion.
Gite submitted a report to Shenoy under the university’s career advancement scheme two weeks ago. The report included his work record such as his experience, number of conferences attended and research papers. After the department head, the report is then verified by the head of the department and sent to the university with recommendations.
“I had submitted all the necessary documents. I got a photocopy of the report, which said that my documents were verified.
But when I got a copy of the report forwarded to the university, Shenoy had written that my papers had not been published in reviewed journals and I was not competent. I have been judged unfairly,” said Gite. On December 10, Gite wrote to the VC, Rajan Welukar, alleging bias and harassment. But Shenoy said the issue was confidential and he would not like to talk about it. “My recommendations are only meant for the VC to see. He (Gite) should not even have access to it,” he said.
MS Kurhade, the varsity’s officer of special duty, who looks into administrative issues, said that he had not read the letter but would definitely look into the matter. The university teachers’ union is supporting Gite and will meet the officials concerned to sort the issue out.