NEHU teachers, students want HoDs reinstated

Correspondent Shillong, May 7 | Publish Date: 5/7/2020 9:36:29 AM IST
The North Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) and the North Eastern Hill University Students’ Union (NEHUSU) on Thursday demanded reinstatement of the heads of the departments of Political Science and English at NEHU, Shillong with immediate effect.
 On April 4, NEHU Vice Chancellor, Prof. S.K. Srivastava removed Prof. Mala Renganathan from Head, English and Prof. H. Srikanth from Head, Political Science after they failed to submit the desired report in the prescribed  format to the coordinator, online classes etc in the wake of the  novel Coronavirus lockdown. NEHUTA termed the removal order of Prof. Renganathan and Prof. Srikanth as “unlawful” and “bound to be subjected to statutory oversight”.
“The NEHUTA is dismayed at complete violation and abuse of NEHU Act, Statute and Ordinances in the draconian, arbitrary and unjust removal of Head of Department of two academic departments of the university without any statutory back up,” NEHUTA President Xavier Mao and General Secretary Dr. Marbhador M.Khymdeit said in their letter to the Vice Chancellor. “Such vitiating and vindictive acts of Vice-Chancellor undermine the very foundations and the sanctity of an academic institution like NEHU and opens it to manipulation and abuse of power by the Vice Chancellor and his coterie,” the letter reads.
Demanding forthwith withdrawal and revocation of the unjust order removing Prof. Renganathan from Head, English and Prof. Srikanth from Head, Political Science, the NEHUTA  informed the Vice Chancellor that the guidelines of University Grant Commission and Ministry of Human Resource Development never imposed anything as mandatory, as university is autonomous and its authority only has the power to turn a task into something mandatory.
Meanwhile, the NEHUSU also wrote to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and the Vice Chancellor demanding reinstatement of Prof. Renganathan as Head, English and Prof. Srikanth as Head of Political Science with immediate effect.
“This act by the administration cannot be tolerated by the student community and is highly condemnable,” NEHUSU general secretary Teilang Rymbai stated his letters. While referring to a letter sent to the VC on April 4 regarding problems that the students face with  online classes, the NEHUSU said “it can be clearly seen now that the administration has turned a blind eye on their own students”.
“Furthermore by pressuring the teachers, the administration is indirectly pressurizing the students to take up online class which was clearly stated as not mandatory,” Rymbai said.
 The NEHUSU also urged the Vice Chancellor to rectify the act that was carried towards the teachers of the university, and demanded the immediate reinstatement of the professors of Political Science and English departments as the heads of department. 


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