The teachers’ association of Rajasthan Central University Wednesday rejected V-C A K Pujari’s claims that a dossier of complaints the association sent to the President, PMO, HRD Ministry and probe agencies reflected the “personal agenda” of four faculty members.
In a statement emailed to The Indian Express, faculty members who are part of Central University of Rajasthan Teachers’ Association (CURTA) have “condemned” the V-C’s statements.
“These comments by the V-C are entirely baseless…and CURTA condemns these false statements. To prove our point, we are (producing) the three intimations given by CURTA office bearers to the university from January 2016 onwards, which the authorities completely brushed aside and did not even bother to acknowledge, forget about taking any action or making any effort to enter into a dialogue with (us),” the statement, signed by president R L Meena, vice-president Mamta Rani, general secretary Sanjay Arora and joint secretary Sanjay Kumar said.
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The Indian Express had on Tuesday reported about CURTA’s allegations of impropriety in financial deals and appointments against Pujari. Pujari had said that complaints, which CURTA sent to the President, PMO, MHRD, CBI and other probe agencies, did not reflect the opinion of the teachers, but was driven by the personal agenda of four faculty members.
“The last intimation was sent to the administration on 3rd May, 2016, in which the minutes of the meeting of 3rd GBM were also shared with all CURTA members, non-members and also the administration through a common mail. In that (mail) we gave 20 days time to the administration to look into the issues,” the statement said.
“But the administration as always had the same arrogant attitude of negating CURTA, the voice of the teachers. As a result, CURTA was compelled to take the harsh step of sending the copy to the visitor and other relevant agencies,” it said.
The statement said that instead of acting on the complaints, the university administration served them a memo, with the purported intention “to humiliate them and cause mental tension and agony”.
“The administration is also trying to isolate the four signatories by pressurizing the faculty members on the campus to sign against CURTA office-bearers,” the statement said.
The dossier, a copy of which is with The Indian Express, accuses Pujari of being “dictatorial and authoritarian”.
It accuses him of statutory violations, “blatant nepotism”, academic erosion, harassment of a Dalit scholar and a “paralysed grievance redressal mechanism.
The V-C has said the university had formed a four-member committee to look into the matter.