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College staff in Uttarakhand go on strike over suspension of officials, professors

Higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat is again a part of controversy after he ordered suspension of five officers at MBGPG (Motiram Baburam Government Post Graduate) college in Haldwani

dehradun Updated: Feb 05, 2018 22:17 IST
Nihi Sharma
Nihi Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Over 2,500 staff of government degree colleges across Uttarakhand joined the strike on Monday.(Photo for representational purposes)

Higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat is again a part of controversy after he ordered suspension of five officers at MBGPG (Motiram Baburam Government Post Graduate) college in Haldwani.

Along with higher education director and two professors, two other staffers were suspended last week for fake admissions.

Over 2,500 staff of government degree colleges, across Uttarakhand, went on indefinite strike against the suspension on Monday. The staff members are demanding immediate cancellation of the order.

“For a fake admission of one student, how can the government suspend five staff which includes director of higher education and four professors?” SS Rautela, joint secretary of ministerial association of staff of government degree colleges, said.

Agitated employees tied black ribbon on their arms and staged protest at MBGPG college. Meanwhile, a similar protest was held in 100 government degree colleges across Garhwal and Kumaon regions.

Rawat, who was earlier in news, for mandatory reciting of Vande Mataram in degree colleges, mandatory dress code for teachers and students and cultural attire during convocation, has landed in another controversy. He is backing the suspension order claiming that an internal investigation has revealed how several admissions in the said college were done illegally.

He has also alleged involvement of Congress government behind these admissions.

Leader of opposition and MLA Haldwani, Indira Hridyesh rejected all such claims and said, “He is unnecessarily intervening in college administration. Suspending the higher education director for fake admissions in only one college is a bold step.”

BC Malkani, higher education director, who was suspended could not be contacted despite several efforts. Rawat, however, said, “It was after investigation that we found the involvement of these people in several fake admissions at the college. The decision taken was to avoid such incidents in future.”

First Published: Feb 05, 2018 22:17 IST