CHANDIGARH: Senior students ragging their juniors is a common phenomenon in educational institutions, but a teacher accusing his junior colleague of the same is unheard of. Sample this: A 56-year-old associate professor posted with Panjab University’s regional centre at Muktsar has complained to police against a junior colleague, accusing him of ‘ragging’. He had also complained about some other teachers and the centre director about absenteeism and job-shirking.
In a complaint to Muktsar senior superintendent of police, political science teacher Devendra Kumar Singh alleged that assistant professor in English Dr RK Mishra had been ‘ragging’ him. “Staff and teachers do not come on all working days. They are not present during working hours. You may get this investigated by vigilance once in two months,” the complainant stated in his complaint.
“Large scale job shirking. Time Table not followed. Teachers do not go to classes as per Time Table. Please get this investigated once in two months [sic],” reads his complaint dated September 13.
Devendra had not even spared the centre director PS Dhingra. “Director uses staff and resources for personal work. He is senior teacher. He does not go to class as per time table …He is using max resources for one subject Punjabi. He has painted Punjabi classrooms like bedrooms… Classrooms for other subjects are unclean [sic],” Devendra wrote.
When contacted, Devendra said that he did not want to say anything.
Dr RK Mishra said, “He has levelled false and baseless allegations against me. I was called by the police and that caused me mental and physical harassment. I am not only going to write to the higher authorities of the university about his erratic behaviour but also am going to file a defamation case against him.”
Reacting to the allegations, centre director PS Dhingra said, “For the last 15 years, he has been filing complaints against us. The previous vice-chancellor had told him to file complaints on stamp paper otherwise action would be taken against him. Then he relented. After the V-C changed, he has started it again. In the past also, he had complained against us before the DIG and chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court.”
Dhingra said they had written to the PU authorities to get Devendra transferred at the earliest. Senator Dinesh Kumar had also raised the issue on the floor of the PU senate in the last meeting on September 26.