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Four teachers refuse elevation as principal and posting at Kumaon’s biggest college

MB (PG) College of Haldwani has a student strength of 13,500, but teachers are not ready take up posting there citing personal reasons. Those in know of things say they are afraid of pressure from BJP

dehradun Updated: Feb 09, 2018 15:31 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times, Dehradun
MB (PG) College,Principal,Kumaon
No eligible teacher of the college is ready to accept the post that has fallen vacant after the suspension of its principal Jagdish Prasad recently.(HT Photo/ For representation only)

The post of a college principal is a coveted post, for which normally teachers vie for. But the MB (PG) College of Haldwani, the biggest college of the Kumaon region with the student strength of 13,500, is facing a peculiar situation.

No eligible teacher of the college is ready to accept the post that has fallen vacant after the suspension of its principal Jagdish Prasad recently. Three teachers who were offered the post refused to take the charge citing ill health and personal reasons. After that JC Ghildiyal, who is the principal of Government Post Graduate College in Karnprayag, was asked to take up the job, but he too did not join.

Now, it is up to the higher education directorate to decide on the new principal.

This peculiar situation in the MB (PG) College has cropped up after Prasad was suspended, as a result of the fallout in the Meemansha Arya episode.

Arya, the NSUI candidate for the post of college students’ union president, was allowed to contest the election by Prasad against the wishes of the ABVP, who wanted her candidature to be rejected on the ground that she had taken readmission in the college after failing in the graduation examination in the previous year, which, they said, was against the university rules.

Prasad defended the Arya’s candidature saying that he had no say in the matter, as she had a valid degree from the university on the basis of which she was given the admission.

Uttarakhand minister for higher education Dhan Singh Rawat had taken the matter seriously and after the ABVP won the college students’ union president post, Prasad was suspended from the principal’s post and later asked to join the Government Degree College in Kotdwar.

The matter has politicised the campus atmosphere further with higher education minister Dhan Singh Rawat and former cabinet minister Indira Hridyesh taking keen interest in the college activities. Amid all this, potential candidates are unable to muster courage to hold the ‘coveted post’.

Sumit Hridyesh, a Congress leader and son of former finance minister Indira Hridyesh, said that no one was willing to become principal due to pressure from the BJP leaders and rising hooliganism by the ABVP activists on the campus.

Usha Mittal, a senior professor who refused to take up the post, said that she did not accept the post “due to health related issues”. “I feel that due to health related issues, I will not be able to carry out the functions of principal clearly due to which I have decided not to accept the post,” she said.

However, BJP state general secretary Gajraj Singh Bisht said that there was no pressure on any teacher by the BJP leaders. The college management takes its own decisions and no politician is involved in it, he said. Gajraj said that strict action should be taken against the students indulging in hooliganism and such elements were not patronised by the BJP.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 15:30 IST