NEHUTA slams VC for not contributing to PM Cares

Correspondent Shillong, May 14 | Publish Date: 5/14/2020 9:55:42 AM IST

The North-Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association (NEHUTA) on Thursday slammed Vice Chancellor Prof. S.K. Srivastava for not contributing the pending annual grant of NEHUTA amounting to  Rs. 3 lakh and in addition to one-day salary of teachers of the University from the month of April deposited to PM CARES fund. 

  “It is regrettable that the vice-chancellor, despite our repeated writings, to stand by NEHUTA and the nation by at least depositing available grant money, has not yet informed us of any positive action from his side towards the humanitarian cause of COVID-19,” North-Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association  president Prof. Xavier P. Mao and General Secretary Dr. Marbhador M. Khymdeit said. 

Demanding a full enquiry into all the unstatutory administrative, financial and academic acts that damaged the university beyond repair, the Association said, “His (Srivastava) arrogance mixed with ignorance of norms and rules have created major subversions in the normal functioning of the university over last four and half years that needs to be looked into by authorities in the interest of saving higher education in Meghalaya and Northeast India.” 

Describing the Vice Chancellor act as  “arbitrary behaviour establishes malafide and illegal act of the Vice-Chancellor to gag the watchdog teachers’ association”, the North-Eastern Hill University Teachers’ Association  said “the vice-chancellor took umbrage at expiry of the terms of office of the elected teachers’ body to arbitrarily rescind NEHUTA’s statutory right to communicate with him on behalf of teachers.”

“Such an arbitrary behavior establishes mala fide and illegal act of the vice-chancellor to gag the watchdog teachers’ association formed under act of parliament so that teachers cannot raise voice against his whimsical, arbitrary and anti-academic activities carried out with impunity, almost on a daily basis,” they stated. 

Accusing the Vice Chancellor of stating that the present elected body of NEHUTA crossed its term, the Association said, “By crossing limits drawn by democratic and legal procedures, the vice-chancellor in the most blatant display of non-statutory abusive power intended to interfere in the functioning of the teachers’ association and brazenly attempted to prevent it from discharging its constitutional duty.” 

“In the same breath, he had illegally attempted to remove NEHUTA from its ways of functioning and denied funds to national PM CARES, despite several requests,” the Association stated. 


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