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Students, visitors fume over ‘unannounced’ holiday at Pune University

The holiday was a compensatory off given in lieu of a Senate meeting held earlier on one of the schedules holidays.

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune |
Updated: September 14, 2021 7:55:09 am
Savitribai Phule Pune University. (File photo)

As the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) remained closed on Monday for all administrative work, the “unannounced holiday” didn’t go down well with a group of students and visitors who called on the campus during the day.

The holiday was a compensatory off given in lieu of a Senate meeting held earlier on one of the schedules holidays. Conventionally, a notice is put up on the website of the university a day or two prior to any scheduled holiday. However, no such notice was put up with regard to Monday, which led to inconvenience to several visitors, said a few student activists.

When contacted, registrar Prafulla Pawar shared with The Indian Express a notice issued in March announcing the holiday as a compensatory day off.

“I work on clock-hour basis at a college in Loni Kalbhor and had come to the university for approval-related work. But, after reaching here, I found the department closed. It’s very irresponsible as several people visit the campus and can’t be expected to keep track of every notice issued in last six months; they should have announced it in last couple of days,” said Satish Kumar, a visitor.

A PhD student from the English department who had come to return books to the Jaykar library said, “Today was the last day for returning books and though I had an infant to take care of at home, I left her with a neighbor for a couple of hours and came here. Why would I do that if I knew the university is closed? I took pictures of the closed department so that when they ask me to pay a fine later, I can argue my case.”

Registrar Pawar denied the holiday was unannounced and said notices had been shared earlier. According to the copy of a notice issued in March, since the Senate meeting was held on one of the holidays, September 13 was marked as an administrative holiday.

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