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THE PANJAB University (PU) Syndicate on Sunday directed the PU Committee Against Sexual Harassment (PUCASH) to complete an inquiry into a pending complaint by a faculty member against the Vice-Chancellor within 15 days.
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The syndicate, under the chairmanship of Dr Shelly Walia, constituted a five-member committee including Charanjeet Sohi, Dayal Pratap Randhawa, Ajay Ranga and Emanuel Nahar. The committee will seek a report from PUCASH on the sexual harassment issue within the given time frame. The syndicate decided that if PUCASH fails to file the report within the stipulated time, the committee will be dissolved and new members appointed.
“The decision has been taken as the present PUCASH has not made any headway in the investigation and the issue has been hanging for a long time,” said a member. A university professor alleged sexual harassment by PU Vice Chancellor Dr Arun Kumar Grover last year for which the university senate constituted several committees. However, they failed to resolve the issue. In the senate meeting held on October 9, a new committee of senior members headed by S S Johal was constituted to amicably solve the matter, which also failed.
Further, the syndicate appointed Emanual Nahar from USOL department as the new Dean of Student Welfare (DSW) Men and Rattan Singh from University Institute of Legal Studies as the Associate Dean, Student Welfare. Sources said J.K. Goswami, the temporary DSW, faced revolt as the group led by Navdeep Goyal was against the appointment which led to his removal. The members wanted the issues of the students to be represented in the senate and therefore appointed a senator as DSW. The syndicate, however, did not change the appointment of DSW Women Neena Caplash.
Among other issues, the proposal by the Chief Coordinator of the University Institute of Applied Management Institute Sciences to conduct online examinations for recruitment on behalf of various agencies including state governments was approved and referred to Controller of Examination Parwinder Singh for final approval.
Decisions made by the Board of Finance (BoF) for the commencement of English Proficiency Course (EPC) in the Department of English and Cultural Studies, along with a sanctioned amount of Rs 17 lakh for purchase of books and journals at the PU dental institute were also approved by the syndicate.
The PU Syndicate recommended the faculty allotment to the new PU fellows, whose term will start from November 1, 2016. The new senate will meet on December 17 and will take the final call on the faculty allotment to the new fellows.”The members will have to choose the faculty of their expertise first and then vary about other options,” said a member.
The PU also considered the minutes of Joint Consultative Machinery (JCM) with regard to confirming the contractual employees and decided to send the proposal for a legal opinion.