Friday, February 19, 2010

University employee’s suspension evokes protests

The suspension of a University of Calicut employee for writing a letter to a National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) peer team that inspected the campus recently has evoked wide protests.

The university authorities, on Friday, told the staff members who complained to Vice-Chancellor Anwar Jahan Zuberi against the suspension of P. Krishna Kumar that the institution would not brook indiscipline.

U.V. Rajagopal, general secretary of the Calicut University Staff Organisation, said similar letters exposing the university would be sent to all higher authorities. A meeting of the Syndicate held on Thursday decided to suspend Mr. Krishna Kumar as it found him guilty of “making scandalous and wild allegations with imputations and motive against the University in general and its statutory officers in particular.”

Mr. Krishna Kumar is a clerk in the B.Com. section of the Pareeksha Bhavan.

In his letter e-mailed to the NAAC team, headed by R.C. Sobti, Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Mr. Krishna Kumar urged them to examine “what happens in terms of academic practice behind the facade.” He had criticised the university for making some cosmetic changes to impress the NAAC guests.

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