Members of the All India Punjab Technical University (PTU) Learning Centres’ Association, Punjab, on Saturday demanded removal of vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora since he continues to hold the post despite his tenure has come to an end.
The members from across the state in a joint press conference said though the second consecutive term of the V-C concluded on December 22, Arora remains in the chair without any formal approval from the Punjab government. They asked the state government to remove Arora from the post for “indulging in alleged corruption and spoiling the future of students”.
They said according to the powers conferred under section 10 (1) and (2) of the PTU Act, 1996, the university chancellor, governor Patil, had extended the term of V-C Arora for another period of three years. On November 2, 2011, the V-C’s term was extended for the second consecutive period beginning December 22, 2011.
“As per the PTU Act, there is no provision for any person to get the third term as V-C. Till today, there has been no amendment in the Act and therefore his continuation as V-C is totally illegal,” said Parampreet Singh, a member of the association.
They gave an ultimatum to the state government and chancellor (governor) to remove him from the post else they will hold an indefinite strike outside the residence of technical education minister Madan Mohan Mittal.
The association members said they would also take students and trade unions such as the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) and AITUC along to hold further protests against Arora.
Association president Hardeep Singh Bagga said they had sent a speed post in this regard to board of governors’ chairman and had also met the chief minister on December 4.
“The CM asked us to meet the chancellor whom we handed over documents and proof,” he said. He further said they met the governor on December 23 and he told them that “he will write to the Punjab government about this”.
The board of governors has already lapsed on September 29 after which no new board has been constituted. Earlier, a formal complaint was lodged with Union HRD minister Smriti Irani by the learning centre heads.
Harneet Singh, another member, said Arora was using BJP support and was lobbying hard to get the third extension.
“We will hold indefinite strike if Arora is not removed within 48 hours and will not allow the university to function till this is resolved,” they said, adding that this has ruined the career of lakhs of students, rendered thousands of staff associated with PTU distance education jobless.