LUCKNOW: A day after the Indian President issued a show-cause notice to the Babasaheb Bhimaro Ambedkar University (BBAU), the university termed the notice as 'baseless' on Thursday. The university, however, postponed the Board of Management (BoM) scheduled for July 22. The decision comes in wake of the media highlighting the appointments of 42 teachers in the university against the norms.
The BoM was scheduled to ratify the appointment of these 42 teachers. The issue of confirmation and extension to these teachers figured prominently on the proposed agenda.On the sudden postponement of BoM meeting, university's public relation officer BB Malik said, "The meeting has been postponed after the university received a letter from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) asking us to not hold the meeting scheduled on July 22. The next date is not yet decided.''
Acting on the numerous complaints made by members of the BoM, MPs, and the university's teachers' welfare association, the President (who is Visitor to BBAU) has issued a show-cause notice to the acting vice-chancellor Prof B Hanumaiah. The President has sought explanation why an inspection or inquiry was not made into the administrative lapses and non-compliance of the directions of principal executive authority, BoM.
The complainants have alleged that the appointment of 42 teachers was made by the V-C without BoM's approval. BBAU teachers' welfare association has alleged that the V-C has amended the statutes/ordinances relating to eligibility and appointment of teachers by exercising emergency powers in violation of the rules and regulations.
According to the BoM members, the V-C exercised his emergency powers in appointing 42 teachers at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor and professor. The members said, "This is in contravention of the university's rules and regulations. BoM is the sole and final authority for appointment of teachers.'' BoM members said the board in its 40th meeting held on May 12, 2011, had deferred these appointments which were again placed in its 41st meeting on September 29, 2011. The matter was resolved after it was decided that a three-member committee comprising two academicians at the rank of professor to be nominated by the VCs of JNU or Delhi University and Pondicherry University, and one representative of the UGC of the level of joint secretary, will be constituted. The committee was supposed to submit the report within two months for consideration of BoM.
But the members alleged that the university took no action in constituting the committee. Instead, the university placed the appointments of 42 teachers before BoM in its 42nd meeting held on April 21.
Besides, the meeting will take a call on the confirmation of minutes of 41st and 42nd meeting of the left over items. The BoM will also declare result of teachers promoted under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS).
Teachers' association gives representation to President: BBAU teachers' welfare association has given a memorandum to the President seeking her intervention in the university affairs. Teachers' association has alleged that after Prof Hanumaiah took over as the V-C in 2007, no rules and regulations have been followed. The most blatant is the appointment of 42 teachers which was passed without the approval of BoM, association alleged.
Association members have also raised the case of Kamal Jaiswal, associate professor, department of applied animal sciences. The members alleged that the V-C has kept him under suspension from March 25, 2009, by exercising powers under statute 28(1). But according to this statute, the V-C was required to place Jaiswal's case before BoM for ratification. His case was not presented on April 16, 2009, but was included in the BoM on May 29, 2009, after Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court passed directions in this regard. It has also been alleged that the V-C constituted a complaint committee to look into Jaiswal's case without the BoM approval.
"Though Prof Hanumaiah's powers were seized in March, he continued to take policy decisions and called the BoM meeting. This clearly hints at manipulations being made by him,'' said association members. The association has demanded removal of Prof Hanumaiah.
Times of India