Published On : Mon, Jan 27th, 2014

Red-faced RTMNU VC finally puts foot down, warns of firing “nasty” Management Council

“I will not buckle under any presser. The issue of the colleges having no regular teachers, and subsequently blacklisted, has been under the hammer of the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. The Management Council had once arrived at a decision on the issue. The RTMNU Administration will decide the issue of such colleges in accordance with the High Court and the Ordinance. The Administration will not bow down to any pressure tactics, and if the need arises, the Management Council will be kicked out. I can use the special powers I am armed with,” Dr Vilas Sapkal asserted.

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File Pic: Dr Vilas Sapkal

Nagpur News: The battered and bruised Vice Chancellor of Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Dr Vilas Sapkal has finally put his foot down and warned that the “game playing” Management Council (MC) would be fired if the need arises.

“I will not buckle under any presser. The issue of the colleges having no regular teachers, and subsequently blacklisted, has been under the hammer of the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court. The Management Council had once arrived at a decision on the issue. The RTMNU Administration will decide the issue of such colleges in accordance with the High Court and the Ordinance. The Administration will not bow down to any pressure tactics, and if the need arises, the Management Council will be kicked out. I can use the special powers I am armed with,” the red-faced Vice Chancellor told media in a press conference held on Monday.

MISLEADING BEING INDULGED:

Dr Sapkal said, despite negativity, the Administration has been making all out efforts for development of the RTMNU. The work on answer papers with barcode has been in the final stage. The RTMNU Administration is focused and serious on Convocation Ceremony and it would be organized as soon as possible. But the Management Council members have been putting hurdles in the Administration’s efforts and thus deliberately delaying the Convocation Ceremony and indulging in misleading the people. “The meeting of Board of Examination (BoE) has already been taken in this connection and now the final decision on Convocation Ceremony lies with the Management Council. Some MC members had demanded Point of Information on some specific issues which the RTMNU Administration had provided, the Vice Chancellor Dr Vilas Sapkal said.

Dr Sapkal further said that the Law College has four regular teachers. All the departments of the University have NET-CET qualified teachers. The process for PhD guide will be made easier one. The investigation process regarding recognition of 18 BEd Colleges has been going on, the Vice Chancellor said.

WAR OF WORDS:

The hard-hitting statements by the Vice Chancellor Dr Sapkal against the Management Council members triggered a war of words with the MC members raising questions over the VC’s decision-making capability. The members directly targeted Dr Sapkal and even demanded his resignation. The fighting between the VC and various Councils is resulting in no fixing of date for the Convocation Ceremony. And the students are becoming the victims of the fighting and taking the maximum brunt regarding various crucial issues.

MEETING ADJOURNED:

The members of the Management Council, in a meeting held on Monday, vociferously demanded removal of those colleges that have completed the process of appointing regular teachers from the blacklisted list and regularization of the admission process. The uproar by members started when the Vice Chancellor frequently informed them that the issue has been under consideration of the Court. Dr Sapkal’s bone of contention was that there is no specification whether the appointment of regular teachers should be one or more in the blacklisted colleges. In this situation, no final decision could be taken in this connection. The meeting, which started at 1 pm, was adjourned at 2.30 pm without any tangible decision.

STRONG DEMAND ON VC’S RESIGNATION:

After the meeting was adjourned, the Management Council members held a separate press conference attended prominently by Dr Baban Taywade, Adv Abhijit Wanjari, Mahendra Nimbarte, Adv D K Agrawal, and Dr K C Deshmukh. The members demanded removal of 40 colleges that have appointed regular teachers from the list of flawed colleges. The members also demanded withdrawal of FIR filed against the students saying they opposed such RTMNU move. The Vice Chancellor could be forced to resign. “We are very serious and concerned over organization of the Convocation Ceremony but the University Administration is not coming forward with a positive attitude. On the contrary, the Vice Chancellor has been blaming the MC members for delaying the Convocation Ceremony,” the members said.

THE ONLY ISSUE SINCE PAST 8 MONTHS:

It may be recalled, the issue of the colleges having no regular teachers had been raised in umpteen meetings but the meetings were adjourned without any concrete decision. Then the meetings may be of Management Council, Vidvat Parishad or Senate. The meeting starts with only one issue and ends on the same issue. The owners/directors of such colleges time and again resorted to chaos at RTMNU over the issue. The college managements raise questions over style of RTMNU working, and the University Administration stress upon appointing regular teachers. This fighting on only one issue has been going on since the past 8 months.