Row in Jamia after Mushirul letter,dean hits back

Hasan joined the Department of History and Culture recently.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Published: September 21, 2013 12:54 am

A row erupted in Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) after former Vice-Chancellor Mushirul Hasan wrote to his ex-colleagues alleging harassment by the Dean of Faculty of Humanities and Languages. Hasan joined the Department of History and Culture recently.

“The dean… has subjected me to all sorts of harassment by not forwarding my applications for leave to the V-C or the registrar. What is more,he comes to the department to check whether I,Inayat Zaidi and Sunita Zaisa are physically present. I don’t know what you think,but this is rude and impertinent behaviour,” Hasan stated in his letter.

In 2009,Hasan was denied a second term as the Jamia V-C after a section within the university lobbied against him.

His letter,dated September 19,stated,“The same Dean,who was then the head of the Department of History,refused to forward my joining report (in the Department of History after my exit from the ATWS)…”. He added that it was only after two other persons intervened that “my salary was released after two months of my joining”.

Reached for comments,the dean of Faculty of Humanities and Languages G P Sharma said he was just doing his job and not “targeting any individual”.

“As the dean,I have to see that classes are held on a regular basis. I did so in the case of Mushirul Hasan and others. I have called for an explanation from other teachers,” Sharma said.

He said he had written to the head of the Department of History on Friday,asking for an explanation why Mushirul Hasan was not present during two classes which had been scheduled.

“Prof Hasan has not adhered to the official schedule. He has clubbed together an MPhil class on Research Methodology and an MA third semester class on Social History of Modern India. This is against the established norms,” Sharma said.

He alleged that when he was the head of History Department — from 2007 to 2010 — Hasan “bypassed me as the head and had direct correspondence with the VC — an issue which I had raised with the V-C then.”

Responding to the allegation over Hasan’s leave applications not being forwarded,Sharma said,“There are proformas meant for all kinds of leave which one has to fill. The dean is authorised to see whether the application has been submitted properly. He (Hasan) sent it on plain paper instead of a proforma. The application for duty and special casual leave is supposed to be sent at least 10 days in advance,which Hasan did not follow.”

Affirming that he had written a letter to his colleagues,Hasan said,“It is a private letter which I have shared with my friends on a minor issue in the department.”

Other teachers at Jamia said inspection checks were carried out by Sharma.

“It does not generally happen that surprise visits are carried out to inquire whether Hasan is physically present (in class),” Syed Inayet Zaidi,a history professor at Jamia,said.

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