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Patiala University V-­C postpones syndicate meeting from April 24

Sources said that a three-member committee, headed by dean academic affairs Dr Gurnam Singh, has failed to give a roadmap to adjust 388 PhD and MPhil students enrolled with the reappointed teachers.

punjab Updated: Apr 24, 2017 13:57 IST
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Vice chancellor of Punjabi University Anurag Verma
Vice chancellor of Punjabi University Anurag Verma (HT File Photo)

Upset over the inconclusive report of the committee formed to review cases of reappointed teachers, higher education secretary-cum-acting vice chancellor (V-C) of Punjabi University, Anurag Verma, has postponed the syndicate meeting that was scheduled on April 24.

Sources said that a three-member committee, headed by dean academic affairs Dr Gurnam Singh, has failed to give a roadmap to adjust 388 PhD and MPhil students enrolled with the reappointed teachers. In the last syndicate meeting held earlier this month, the committee was formed as it was argued that it will be injustice to students enrolled with reappointed teachers, if the University scrapes the reappointment scheme.

As per a press release from the V-C office, the committee has submitted a report and a syndicate meeting was called on April 24 to discuss the report’s findings and recommendations.

However, when Verma read the report, he found that the committee has only mentioned the service period of every reappointed teacher left in the university, under the re-employement scheme. There was no mention of any roadmap to adjust the students enrolled with such faculty members. So, he decided to put off the meeting for now.

The vice-chancellor office, meanwhile, clarified that the re-employement scheme has been scrapped with immediate effect from April 1, 2017, and any faculty who will retire after this, will not be reappointed.

The next date of hearing of the case related to the reappointment is on April 26. Punjabi University has already submitted an affidavit stating that it will not continue the re-employement scheme, as the university is facing a financial crunch.

Austerity measures

In view of the poor financial conditions of Punjabi University, acting vice-chancellor Anurag Verma has ordered withdrawal of vehicles from all authorities of the varsity.

However, the officials can use the vehicle as and when required, by  taking them from the central pool where all vehicles will be dispatched after being taken away from the authorities. To set an example, the V-C and the registrar have announced that they will not use the official vehicles provided by the university.

“The university is using 33 cars and other vehicles, while Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) is using only six such vehicles. GNDU has Rs 100 crore in banks as fixed deposit, and Punjabi University is facing an over draft of Rs 57 crore. While the university is facing a financial crunch, there must be some austerity,” said Anurag Verma, who is the acting vice-chancellor of both, GNDU and Punjabi University.

He said that until a regular vice-chancellor is not appointed, these orders will remain in force.