The row over the January 4 suspension of Mumbai University (MU) professor Neeraj Hatekar was expected to be resolved soon as his suspension was likely to be revoked by varsity authorities, MU sources told Newsline Thursday.
The development comes after a meeting between MU Vice Chancellor Rajan Welukar and Governor K Sankaranarayanan. Welukar was reportedly asked to explain Hatekar’s suspension, following which Sankaranarayanan asked the V-C to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
“We might discuss the issue and decide on revoking Dr Hatekar’s suspension soon,” said a senior MU official.
An official statement issued by Raj Bhavan read, “The Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University has been asked to resolve the issue arising out of the suspension of Dr Neeraj Hatekar in an amicable manner at the earliest and following due procedure, in the larger interest of the students and the reputation of the University.”
A statement issued by the university Thursday said, “The Vice-Chancellor has called a meeting of the management council on January 18 to discuss the issue of Prof Hatekar.”
Hatekar (47) had raised questions over the validity of Welukar’s appointment as
V-C. He had alleged that Welukar had submitted ‘misleading documents’ claiming them to be his research papers.
Hatekar had approachedGovernor Sankaranarayanan, who is also the university Chancellor,seeking Welukar’s resignation. He had also listed 16 instances of mismanagement in the functioning of the University.
On December 12, Hatekar held a press conference where they openly spoke about the failure of the university administration under the leadership of Welukar.
Following this, Hatekar was suspended on January 4 on the grounds of “violating code of conduct”, “moral turpitude” and “misguiding media”. This triggered a series of protests by students and faculty members, and many educationists and economists submitted a statement in support of Hatekar.