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Countless probes into minor and major issues haunt the teaching and non-teaching departments of Guru Nanak Dev University.

Written by Dharmendra Rataul | Amritsar |
January 7, 2009 11:03:19 pm

Countless probes into minor and major issues haunt the teaching and non-teaching departments of Guru Nanak Dev University.

The issues nagging the staff include overstay in public accommodation,travelling bills and minor clerical errors. Though certain quarters welcome the investigations,a larger section is furious over making of mountains out of molehills due to vested interests and over-activism of senior authorities.

About six teachers are facing probes related to jaunts,while a number of non-teaching staff members have been heavily fined for administrative mistakes. Alleging vendetta,they are planning to take up the issues with their respective unions. A senior functionary in the Sports Department was heavily fined for over-staying in the official accommodation,while a senior professor is facing probe because he engaged an official peon in helping him shift to a new accommodation.

Plagiarism charges have tarnished the image of the university. A senior reader in the Department of Commerce and Management has been charged with copying,but no allegations have been levelled against his co-author. “This discrimination is spreading distrust. The inquiries have to be just,” said a senior teacher.

The row over termination of services of Finance Development Officer Varindepal Sharma backfired,but not before the university spent lakhs of rupees on inquiries and court cases.

The much-hyped case related to fraud committed by a clerk at Gurdaspur Regional Centre may also lead to no logical conclusion,as the accused has started naming higher-ups.

GNDU Teachers’ Union president Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said,“These issues will be discussed in the general body meeting that will be held shortly.”

He added that later they would speak with the Vice-Chancellor on the matter.

GNDU Non-teaching Association president Swaranjit Singh echoed Dhillon’s statement.

However,GNDU Registrar Dr RS Bawa said,“Complaints are looked into as soon as they are made.”

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