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University teachers' group launches attack on Pbi varsity VC

In a pamphlet distributed on the campus, teachers of the Punjabi University, Patiala have poured scorn on working style of vice-chancellor (VC) Jaspal Singh. The committee demands restarting of teaching staff elections which is their democratic right.

punjab Updated: Aug 01, 2012 14:53 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva
Ravinder Vasudeva
Hindustan Times

In a pamphlet distributed on the campus, teachers of the Punjabi University, Patiala have poured scorn on working style of vice-chancellor (VC) Jaspal Singh.

"All decisions taken by the VC are influenced by his personal relations. A coterie of sycophants was taking decisions on the VC's behalf favouring only a particular section of people," alleged the pamphlet.

Varsity teachers, under the banner of the Punjabi University Teachers Co-ordination Committee (PUTCC), stated in the pamphlet that the vice-chancellor's behaviour was "impartial and not befitting the head of an institution".

The committee's main demand is restarting teaching staff elections, which claimed the pamphlet, was their democratic right.

The last elections for the PUTA body were held on the campus in 2002.

In 2003, the elections were stayed after a petitioner approached the Punjab and Haryana high court demanding rights of voting for teachers working in the affiliated colleges of the Punjabi University.

The petition was dismissed in 2010 after the court rejected the demand of giving rights of the PUTA membership to the teaching faculty of the varsity's constituent colleges.

The protesting teaching body represents several teachers' groups, including the Democratic Teacher's Front (DTF), the Teachers for Intervention in Education (TIE), the Punjabi University Teacher's Front and the Free Thinker's Forum (FTF).

Stating that by not issuing notification for the PUTA polls, the VC was trying to scuttle the democratic process of the university. The teachers' body claimed that the VC was using a section of teachers to spread an anti-election campaign in the varsity.

"It's a low-level politics. It doesn't suit his stature. He is unable to take decisions on his own," read the pamphlet.

Threatening to launch an agitation against the VC, a union leader said, "Teachers elections are being conducted in all universities. He has no right to stall this process any longer. It's a dictatorial way of functioning."

This is the first such attack against Jaspal Singh, who is in the fifth year of his stint as the VC. The representative body said the varsity teachers would wear black badges on the campus to show their protest against the VC.

"We will also hold a dharna in front of the vice-chancellor's office," said Jaswinder Singh Brar from the Democratic Teacher's Front.

The VC, however, has maintained that any decision regarding the elections would be taken after recommendations of the three-member committee formed by the administration.

Dean, academic, registrar and dean, colleges, are the members of this committee.

First Published: Aug 01, 2012 14:26 IST