To counter the call for protests by the Guru Nanak Dev University Teachers Association (GNDUTA) against the "non-cooperative attitude" of vice-chancellor (VC) AS Brar, some senior faculty members have come out in defence of the VC.
In a meeting held by the pro-VC faculty members, including Dr DS Sogi, Dr TS Banipal, Dr Kuldip Singh, Dr Sohinderbir Singh, Dr Shymal Koley, Dr Balmeet Singh, Dr Raminder Kaur, Dr Anish Dua, among others on Wednesday, it was alleged that GNDUTA's only intention was to tarnish the image of the university and therefore the teachers' body had decided to launch their protest at the start of the academic session.
The pro-VC group noted that the university's record was commendable not only in resolving the issues pertaining to teachers, but also with regard to its achievements in various fields. It was also observed that the vice-chancellor remained very prompt in clearing the cases related to promotion of teachers to higher positions.
"At present, GNDU can claim to have less pending cases for promotions compared to other universities ", they said, rebutting the claims that the VC flouted the UGC rules and gave promotions to only few teachers.
It was also observed that the surge in admission of meritorious students in this session was due to the peaceful academic atmosphere. The meeting claimed that GNDU was on a very strong financial footing due to the efforts of the VC and was the only university in Punjab which paid its employees at the start of every month.
The pro-VC group appealed to the association to iron out their differences through peaceful talks.
Responding to the pro-VC group's allegations, GNUTA secretary Prof Lakhwinder Singh said they, too, preferred resolving issues through peaceful dialogues. "The meetings in the last three decades with the VC have yielded no benefit. The GNDUTA executive committee will pay regular visits to the VC's office from August 1-10 in order to persuade him to 'see reason and accept our demands'. Our visit to his office everyday will be only to make him realise the importance of solving issues through talks," Prof Singh stated when contacted on Thursday.
"These teachers (pro-VC) have no right to accuse GNDUTA. A large majority of the faculty members have no faith in them and that is the reason they have been rejected in every election," he said, adding that in the next phase of the protest, they will take 'direct action' against the authorities.