PU V-C takes note of Ludhiana college incident
Panjab University (PU) vice-chancellor (V-C) Arun Grover has summoned members of a university inquiry committee who were misbehaved with by the principal of a Ludhiana college on Monday.chandigarh Updated: May 29, 2013 19:26 IST
Panjab University (PU) vice-chancellor (V-C) Arun Grover has summoned members of a university inquiry committee who were misbehaved with by the principal of a Ludhiana college on Monday.
In the incident that took place at Ludhiana's Guru Nanak Girls College (GNGC), college principal Charanjit Mahal had reportedly thrown her walking stick at PU sociology department chairperson Rajesh Gill, who was part of the five-member inquiry committee.
Now, the V-C has summoned the committee members to his office on Friday to discuss the complaint submitted by them. The committee had visited the college on Monday to inquire into complaints of harassment by 21 faculty members of the college.
However, after questioning of faculty members, the college principal had reportedly thrown her walking stick at Grover and also misbehaved with the members, who had later submitted an incident report to the V-C office and demanded action into the case. The president of GNGC management has in a letter to the V-C office rubbished the allegations as baseless.
The delay in taking notice of the incident has already been criticised by the teachers' body of the university. Taking note of the incident, Panjab University Teachers' Association (PUTA) has said it would appeal to all faculty members to refuse to be part of such committees.
Faculty members and even senators have said that such a serious incident should have been taken note of by PU authorities on the same day itself. “This is no way to deal with a complaint. The committee had been visiting the college on directions of PU authorities. Rather than allowing the college to come up with a false letter, PU authorities should have taken action,” said a senator, who did not wish to be named. The senators also plan to meet the V-C to discuss the issue.