Joining the ongoing tussle between two rival factions for the control of the prestigious Walchand College of Engineering (WCE) in Sangli, BJP MP from Sangli Sanjay Patil on Tuesday denounced the alleged forcible removal of the institute’s director Dr GV Parishwad, who was allegedly suspended by a group led by Prithviraj Deshmukh, the Sangli unit president of BJP.
Patil, who on Tuesday led a delegation of alumni of the college to meet the chief minister to discuss the matter, said BJP as a party never supported Deshmukh’s high-handedness in this case.
“The party has nothing to do with Deshmukh’s activities. It is completely his personal matter,” he said.
WCE, a government aided college, is one of the 17 autonomous institutes in the state.
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Founded by the Maharashtra Technical Education Society (MTES) in 1947 as the New Engineering College, the college’s name was changed to Walchand College of Engineering in 1954-55 following an arrangement with the Sangli-based Seth Walchand Hirachand Memorial Trust (WHMT).
Since then, representatives of both the bodies have been on the Academic Council (AC) of the college headed by industrialist Ajit Gulabchand.
Deshmukh is the current president of the MTES. SG Kantitkar, the secretary of MTES, had stated that they had to suspend the director for his alleged failure to provide accounts for the last four years.
Gulabchand and other members of the AC had alleged that Deshmukh had flexed his political muscles to illegally suspend the director.
On Tuesday, the college alumni also held a press conference where they criticised the ongoing incidents at the college.
A press release issued by the body said the removal of the director was illegal and smacked of political high-handedness. Deepak Shinde, convenor of the alumni association, said they would have no other option but to hit the streets if the government failed to intervene in the matter urgently.