NEHU JAC urges president not to extend tenure of outgoing VC

Correspondent Shillong, Sep 21 | Publish Date: 9/21/2020 12:25:05 PM IST

The Joint Action Committee of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) comprising associations and unions of three stakeholders of teachers, students and non- teaching employees has appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind not to give even a single day extension to outgoing incumbent Vice-Chancellor on the grounds that Prof. S.K.Srivastava failed in all respects and thereby the University has been “brought down to the lowest level in all ranking assessments”.

Since Prof Srivastava is an applicant for the second term, any extension given to him would allow him to exert undue influence on the selection process of the new Vice-Chancellor which is already under process, said the JAC. “In such a case of extending him, being an applicant, shall also be immoral and unethical and unprecedented as in the history of NEHU, no incumbent VC has so far been given an extension,” JAC chairman, Prof. Xavier P. Mao, said.
As per NEHU statute 2(A) (2), after the term of office of the incumbent VC is over, the senior most professor normally take over the charge of the office until a new one is appointed, stated the JAC.  “Giving extension to Prof. Srivastava even after his non- performance and mismanagement, as raised by way of peaceful protests and demonstrations by teaching, nonteaching and students shall remain incorrect on moral grounds,” the JAC said.
“Especially National Women’s Commission, State Women’s Commission are seized with enquiries into cases of harassment against Prof. Sriavstava. National Scheduled Tribes’ Commission too is investigating harassment case by a local indigenous woman professor against Prof. Srivastava. Even after four years of retirement, a professor filed an FIR with police on non-release of his gratuity and transfer transport allowance. Given all these serious breach of academic collegiality by Prof. Srivastava, any extension of him shall be highly immoral,” Prof. P. Mao iterated.
While alleging that Prof. Srivastava’s regime has damaged the University beyond immediate repair, Prof. P. Mao asserted that offering an extended term to the outgoing VC would be direct encouragement of destruction of the sacred temple of learning meant for Meghalaya and Northeastern region. 
Therefore, the JAC shall not accept any such undue and morally incorrect extension to Prof.S.K.Srivastva and shall continue its peaceful protest to defend the interest of the University and the region, added Prof. P. Mao.


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