Confusion prevails on campus as PAUTA executive clams up

In a situation of crisis post its president’s offer to relinquish post,Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association’s executive body seems to have gone incommunicado.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana | Published: January 20, 2009 2:57 am

In a situation of crisis post its president’s offer to relinquish post,Punjab Agricultural University Teachers Association’s executive body seems to have gone incommunicado. As a result,the silence of the PAUTA has led to a state of confusion among the the university’s faculty,who claim that with PAUTA is not telling them anything and they simply do not know who to turn to.

Faculty members on campus could be seen asking mediapersons about what actually happened at the last PAUTA meeting that evoked such drastic response from the PAUTA president.

Meanwhile,president Dr M S Mahal could not be contacted on the issue as the latter is away in Delhi,vice-president Dr B S Sohal simply refused to be drawn into the controversy saying,“I came to the university and took my regular classes and that is all.” Dr G S Saroa,who was recently handed over the charge of PAUTA spokesperson after Mukesh Siag said he could not continue in this post because of his pre-occupation with his academic pursuits,too preferred not to answer his mobile calls.

Amid all this,Mukesh Siag,the general secretary of PAUTA,who all along has been the loudest sound in the PAUTA executive too went silent today. It is Mukesh Saig who last December spearheaded a campaign against the vice-chancellor Dr M S Kang which many say did not carry the sanction of the senior members of the PAUTA owing to its harsh and confrontational tone.

Dr S K Singla,a senior faculty member of the university,commented,“The events are very surprising but with PAUTA executive not telling us what has happened we are completely at sea about the goings-on. The right thing would have been that PAUTA executive should have informed us today for after all it is the teachers of the university who have elected them to the posts they are holding.”

Another faculty member of the university said,“We had reposed our faith in Dr Mahal and would like him to continue in office.” It has also been learnt that efforts to placate Dr Mahal and make him withdraw his letter are also also being made. This faculty member said,“Running a body like PAUTA needs a consensus among all members,rather than trying to run it to fulfill one’s own political aspirations.”

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