Published On : Tue, Dec 12th, 2017

3 member panel to probe qualification of Chitrakala Mahavidyalaya dean

Nagpur:The state higher and technical education department on Monday set up a three-member panel led by technical education director, Mumbai, Abhay Wagh against the Government Chitrakala Mahavidyalya dean Ramesh Wadje over complaints by the institute’s faculty members.

Around 25 faculty members including contributory teachers have been on indefinite strike since November 16 seeking Wadje’s removal or a clarification from the directorate of arts regarding his qualification. Earlier this month, PG and UG students too had joined the teachers in the protest against Wadje, who has been facing the backlash since he took over in January this year.

JJ Arts College, Mumbai, dean Santosh Kshirsagar and Government Chitrakala Mahavidyalya, Aurangabad, dean Bharat Gadari are members of the three-member panel.

In its notification, the department stated that the panel would be submitting its report within 15 days from the date of its formation.

Earlier, a one-member fact finding panel headed by director of Arts Rajiv Mishra had visited the institute in April and submitted its report in May. But, Wadje was given clean chit as the Mishra panel didn’t find anything against Wadje which could substantiate the allegations.

Now, the government felt it necessary to re-conduct an inquiry against Wadje on the basis of repeated complaints by the teachers. The three-member panel would be considering Mishra’s report and the defence presented by Wadje before the earlier panel.