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Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Senate: Panjab University a house divided

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, November 9

Panjab University is now a house divided among faculties over the issue of dissolving Senate. While former Senate members took out a protest march on the campus against dissolution of House, many faculty members supported the PU's decision to scrap the Senate ahead of the implementation of the New Education Policy (NEP).

"It's a matter of shame that members had to hold a protest for having a meeting with the Vice Chancellor, who has been maintaining a silence over the memorandums and demonstrations staged by different stakeholders. We have made it clear that the Vice-Chancellor's excuse of Covid for not holding the Senate elections by quoting factually incorrect information regarding the voters coming from Maharashtra, Rajasthan and MP is a mere hoax.

"His excuse of UT Administration, Chandigarh, not allowing the Senate elections also stands completely exposed. Members asked the Vice-Chancellor to hold a Syndicate meeting immediately and also to write to the Deputy Commissioner, UT, Chandigarh, seeking permission to hold the Senate elections," stated syndic Ashok Goyal.

Time to correct mistakes, say faculty members

"A cry of total destruction or utopian reforms exists only in romanticism. The NEP 2020 is a way forward and governance reforms are the need of the hour. One cannot simply stop governance reforms in the hope of achieving a sinecure post. There were many issues which, for long, had fractured the dignity of university teachers. People from non-academic backgrounds were involved in university governance undermining the seniority and dignity of PU teachers," said a group of teachers.

Many factors behind not conducting poll: VC

"I have called a meeting twice (online), but to no avail. I am not denying calling the House meeting in future. There are many factors for not conducting elections — we have budget constraints, employees are not willing to perform duties and the number of cases is increasing. How can you expect me to ignore all this? Who will be responsible, if our employees get infected or have to face something worst? Everyone will blame the VC. You (senators) have been giving examples of Bihar elections and others... Do you know the manpower and budget involved? We have taken this university to new heights. But such protests clearly depict what is the value of faculty or VC or senators here. We have to take local administration in confidence. I am a teacher first and have to look for all instead of a few. Due to Covid cases on the campus, our work is affected on a daily basis and you are demanding for open elections," said Prof Raj Kumar, PU VC.



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