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Sinhgad institutes’ controversy: Pune varsity to issue show cause notice

Three-member committee was established by Savitribai Phule Pune University to look into the case.

pune Updated: Feb 19, 2018 20:32 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
Sinhgad Group of Institutes,SPPU,Pune
Sinhgad Institute, Ambegaon Campus in Pune.(HT PHOTO)

Pune Following a weeklong inspection into the controversy of Sinhgad Group of Institutes by the three-member committee established by Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), the varsity has decided to take a strong step. After the results of the report prepared by the committee were submitted to the SPPU vice-chancellor Nitin Karmalkar, the decision to send a show cause notice to the institutes was taken on Monday.

“We had received the report from the committee in the morning which was followed by a number of meetings. The decision has been taken based on all the documents we could gather from the institutes, teachers, staff and the students. And, Monday being a holiday, we could not send the notice today, but it will be certainly issued to the institute on Tuesday,” said Karmalkar.

The three-member committee comprising one representative from the office of Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra (DTE) and two from SPPU inspected the case from three aspects, staff, students and the management of Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES). In addition to this, 19 questions were also put forth for the management to answer. The questions, however, have been answered partially, the vice-chancellor said.

“Our decision has been taken upon serious scrutiny of whatever information was provided to us. Although, we received partial answers to the 19 questions, in-depth discussions with the students and the staff also contributed to the decision-making. The eventual aim of the activity was to minimise the loss for the students and the staff,” he said.

During the inspection, the management had promised to clear the payment of the salaries due for the last 16 months. As per the management, the salaries for October 2016 and November 2016 have been deposited. However, staff representative Sachin Shinde said that only 50 per cent of the staff and teachers have received the payment of the two months.

“Our non-cooperation movement will end only after the payment for all the 16 months is completed by the management. We have been swayed away by their promises previously, but that will not happen again. If they will deposit all the deserved money to us, we will surely begin the classes from Tuesday,” said Shinde.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 20:31 IST