Updated: March 16, 2016 1:24:03 am
Faculty members of Jodhpur’s National Law University (NLU) have been “requested” to contribute Rs 500 each towards a gift on the occasion of the wedding of Vice Chancellor Poonam Saxena’s son, it has emerged, even as the V-C condemned the letter and said this happened in her absence.
The “request notice” for the faculty on the masthead of NLU, Jodhpur, by Faculty Secretary Rosmy Joan reads, “All the faculty members are kindly requested to make a financial contribution of Rs 500 each to buy a gift to be presented to the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor on the occasion of her son’s marriage.” The notice was issued on March 8, requesting the contribution by March 10, and was copied to personal secretary to the V-C, registrar, and faculty members.
In Delhi for her son’s wedding, which was “a couple of days ago”, V-C Saxena said she was “deeply anguished and shocked”. She said had this happened in her presence, she would have “immediately taken remedial measures and reprimanded the concerned for issuing such a letter”.
“It is very clear, and everybody knows that be it Holi, Diwali or New Year’s, I do not accept any gifts or entertain anybody (from work) at home. All I had done was send an invitation to all the faculty members as courtesy and then I came here. Barely two (persons from work) turned up, on their own expenses,” she added.
The V-C said she has not decided on any action yet and will take stock once she returns to the university Wednesday. Faculty Secretary Rosmy Joan could not be reached for comments.
University Registrar Sohan Lal Sharma said, “It is an internal matter of the faculty and I’m not concerned with it. The administration is not involved in any way. It was merely a ‘request’.”
“In other offices, too, on similar occasions, people happily contribute towards a party, so this is the same,” he said, emphasising that “it is not an official order”.
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