Scheduled Caste panel orders stay on SU syndicate polls

The National Commission for Scheduled Caste has ordered Saurashtra University to halt its syndicate elections in the wake of allegation of casteism leveled by a senator against the university authorities.

Written by Express News Service | Rajkot | Published: March 16, 2012 4:14 am

The National Commission for Scheduled Caste has ordered Saurashtra University to halt its syndicate elections in the wake of allegation of casteism leveled by a senator against the university authorities.

As per details,after the registration process for syndicate elections to various faculties got over,the university canceled elections of the Faculty of Technology as the programme is now run by the Gujarat Technical University.

Subsequently,senator Suresh Bathwar made a representation to the NCSC and alleged the step was taken to prevent an SC (him) from entering the SU syndicate.

“It’s out of casteism against me that the SU cancelled the elections of the engineering faculty,” said Bathwar.

Following his representation,a letter by NCSC assistant director A Sathyanarayan,dated March 13,said,“SU is hereby asked not to declare any elections of the syndicate till the decision of not declaring elections of Faculty of Technology (engineering) is justified by the commission.”

SU authorities have been asked to submit a report to the commission within 15 days.

While top SU authorities refuted the charge saying the Faculty of Technology now falls under GTU,Congress members have ridiculed the decision by SU.

“There are six students pursuing Ph.D in the engineering faculty. How will these students be awarded a degree without a senate or syndicate?” said Congress syndicate member Nidat Barot,adding,“It’s been years since GTU took over the engineering programme. Why did SU suddenly decide not to have a syndicate for the faculty?”

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