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Panjab University V-C regrets use of word ‘vulture’

Vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover ‘sincerely regretting the use of word vultures’ and a decision on asking music teacher Neelam Paul to apologise to chancellor Hamid Ansari for approaching him directly were the two main highlights of a Panjab University senate meeting on Saturday.

punjab Updated: Sep 04, 2016 13:16 IST
HT Correspondent
Senators on their way to attend a meeting at Panjab University on Saturday.
Senators on their way to attend a meeting at Panjab University on Saturday. (Karun Sharma/HT)

Vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover ‘sincerely regretting the use of word vultures’ and a decision on asking music teacher Neelam Paul to apologise to chancellor Hamid Ansari for approaching him directly were the two main highlights of a Panjab University senate meeting on Saturday.

As soon as the meeting started, senators raised the issue of the V-C ‘branding senators as vultures’. Prepared for this, Grover had circulated a statement in the senate regretting the statement published in HT Chandigarh on August 29 and added that he was ‘quoted out of context’.

On August 28, the V-C had told HT in his office, “Vultures are out to tear this prestigious institution apart, and their elections are on these days. This university has 90 senators and they are the 90 vultures.”

When senators questioned that his note had no mention of him apologising for the remark, some spoke in support of the V-C and asked members to let the matter rest and move on to other items on the agenda.

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“I sincerely regret the use of word vultures. It was said in some context. I do not want to share that context…The senate dates back to even before the setting up of university. A prestige is attached with it…I sincerely regret it,” the V-C said in the meeting that was suspended for 15 minutes amidst the sharp exchanges among senators on the issue.

Previously, the V-C’s offer to discuss the issue on Sunday had been summarily dismissed with senators wanting an immediate discussion on the matter.

Teacher indicted in inquiry to apologise to vice-president

At the meeting, the senate decided that music teacher Dr Neelam Paul — indicted in an inquiry by a retired high court judge — had to apologise to chancellor Hamid Ansari, who is also the vice-president of the country. She has also been asked to regret the inconvenience caused to the varsity and withdraw her legal notice to Ansari.

This was after a number of senators trashed the January 28 inquiry report of retired Anand against Paul. Justice Anand had held her guilty for submitting false information regarding research papers and attendance at seminars for her promotion.

She had applied for promotion in 2010 and then in 2013.

Even as some senators alleged that VC was biased against Paul as she had complained against him and his wife, others rushed to the V-C’s defence.

Paul was served a charge-sheet on December 16, 2015, on five charges after she claimed 37.5 marks for attending five seminars (7.5 marks for each seminar), where as she had attended just one as per own submission. She has failed to provide proofs of her publications.