A SENIOR professor and the course coordinator of the Department of Communication and Journalism of University of Mumbai, who is an accused in an atrocities case, has resigned citing “falling standard of the university”. In the letter sent last week, Sanjay Ranade, one of the founding members of the department, said he would not report for duty from December 11.
“It is a conscience call I have taken. The university has been running without proper leadership for a long time and things don’t appear to change any time soon,” the 50-year-old professor told The Indian Express. He said standards of the university and its management were on a downswing and beyond redemption “At this point, there are no full-time administrators or decision-makers. The standard of education is poor. I have considered all my options, taken advice from colleagues and come to this decision,” said Ranade, who has highlighted the issues in his resignation letter to the chancellor, vice-chancellor and registrar.
“I lend my credibility and competence to the university when I was called upon to start the Department of Communi-cation and Journalism in August 2003. It appears now the university has no need for either. This could have been conveyed to me in a more professional and gentlemanly fashion. My reputation has come after a lot of passionate work. My competence you cannot take away,” Ranade wrote. University Registrar Dinesh Kamble, however, said he was not aware of the development. “If he has indeed resigned, we will consider what is to be done and due process will be followed,” he said.
Earlier this year, Ranade had been named in a case under the Prevention of Atrocities Act filed by a colleague. He was granted interim relief by a special court in October with directions to remain present before the investigating officer as and when called.
The court observed that based on the allegations in the FIR, it was a “fit case to grant ad interim relief”. Ranade has been booked under IPC Section 506 (criminal intimidation) and relevant sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The court is hearing his anticipatory bail application. There is a hearing on Friday.
Earlier, another senior professor in the university, Neeraj Hatekar of the Economics department, had threatened to resign citing similar reasons.