Bengal: Kalyani University sacks professor two days after joining, says it appointed by mistake

The appointee, who gave up his research project at a university in Israel, wants to sue KU authorities.

kolkata Updated: Jul 23, 2018 16:45 IST
Halim Mondal
Halim Mondal
Hindustan Times
Kalyani University,West Bengal,Asansol
Kalyani University authorities have said appointing the assistant professor was an “inadvertent mistake.” (File Photo)

Kalyani University (KU) in Bengal’s Nadia district has cancelled the appointment of an assistant professor two days after he joined work, saying the appointment was the result of an ‘inadvertent mistake’. The teacher, who is also a former student of the university, said he is planning to sue the authorities.

Sudipto Mandal, who joined KU’s microbiology department on July 16, was shocked to receive a letter from the registrar on July 18. The letter informed Mandal about the termination of his appointment.

“I was engaged in post-doctoral research at the microbiology department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem since November 2017. I resigned on July 12 so that I could join KU. I am going to drag KU authorities to court on charges of defamation, conspiracy and cheating,” Mandal said.

Incidentally, Mandal, a resident of Asansol in West Burdwan district, is an alumnus of KU. He passed out in 2011.

After he joined on July 16, Mandal was allotted a room with office furniture and computers. He was also given a copy of the syllabus and asked to choose the portion he would like to teach.

“I gave up research at a premiere global institute so that I could work in my homeland and this is what I get instead,” exclaimed Mandal. “Why should I suffer because of mistakes they made?” he added.

KU vice-chancellor Sankar Kumar Ghosh said the mistake was on part of KU authorities. He said the authorities had no option but to terminate the appointment.

“The person who has been actually selected for the job has the same surname. The mistake was spotted by us only after Sudipto Mandal joined duty. We had no other way but to terminate his appointment,” Ghosh said.

A senior official of KU said on condition of anonymity that the authorities would have been dragged to court by the candidate originally selected if Sudipto Mandal’s appointment was not cancelled.

First Published: Jul 23, 2018 16:45 IST