The Vadodara Congress leaders Monday cornered MSU V-C Professor Parimal Vyas over the Syndicate decision to stall the appointment of Dr I I Pandya as the Head of Department of Applied Mechanics and Structural Engineering, alleging that the RSS-BJP dominated Syndicate’s decision was “political and detrimental” to the university. Political storm is brewing in MSU over the decision of the Syndicate in its meeting on Thursday to appoint, Dr BA Shah as HoD of Applied Mechanics and Structural Engineering, in place of Pandya, who has served as in-charge head since 2010. The Congress leaders Monday cornered Vyas, demanding a reversal of the decision that would be “detrimental” to the university, challenging the formation of the Committee that recommended Pandya’s ouster. The standing committee includes dean of Faculty of Technology and Engineering, the Vice-Chancellor and an external expert whose name is recommended by the dean. The external expert, Dr VR Panchal, was in fact Pandya’s student in 1996.
With over 30 years of teaching and 25 years of research experience, Pandya, who is also a Senate member, has stated in his letter of protest to Vyas, “It is to draw your attention to the intentional blunder initiated by administration… Dr Panchal, who was an expert for the standing committee, was my student in the Master’s course of Structural Engineering in 1996… the credentials of the external experts is questionable.”
Pandya had completed his ME in 1985 and PhD in 1995. Panchal completed his ME in 1996 and PhD in 2009.
The Congress leaders, led by GPCC General Secretary and Senator Narendra Ravat, Rutvij Joshi, Secretary All India Youth Congress, urged politics to be left out of appointments of HODs as they met Vyas to seek revision of the Syndicate decision.
They evoked Chancellor Rajmata Shubhanginiraje Gaekwad’s letter to the Syndicate, seeking a rethink on its decision to remove Pandya, calling it an “insult of the Chancellor”.