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KU teachers object to MLA’s ‘meddling’ in varsity affairs

September 24, 2018 05:45 AM


KU teachers object to MLA’s ‘meddling’ in varsity affairs
Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, September 23

Local BJP MLA Subhash Sudha met Kurukshetra University Vice-Chancellor KC Sharma on Friday evening to press the university administration to accept various demands of its non-teaching staff.

Sources said a delegation of KU Non-teaching Employees Association (KUNTEA) led by Sudha was categorically told by the VC that there would be no change in the decision taken on September 18.

The VC reportedly said that rules would not be bent for promotions and the court cases against the protesting union leaders would proceed as per rules.

When KUNTEA leadership called back an indefinite strike on the 22nd day on Wednesday, they had credited it to Sudha as the MLA had reportedly assured them to get their demands accepted by the university.
As teaching fraternity took MLA’s mediation as a direct interference in the university affairs, the KU Teachers Association (KUTA) appeared as a divided house on the issue.

KUTA president Parmesh Kumar feigned ignorance that the MLA had come to campus twice in the last one week to extend his support to KUNTEA.

“The KUTA cannot comment on the basis of media reports as we have no information about MLA’s role in the episode. We have information that KUNTEA ended strike after talks with the university administration,” he said.

However, KUTA secretary Hardeep Lal Joshi said Sudha tried to breach autonomy of the university. He said KUTA was firmly with university administration in opposing any political interference.

“Any third interference in the affairs of the university is unacceptable and condemnable. Violating rules for promotions was a key demand raised during the strike by KUNTEA and such an illegitimate demand should not be accepted,” said Joshi.

He said KUNTEA should have avoided approaching the MLA for mediation and issues should be resolved within the campus.

Sudha admitted that a politician should stay away from internal matters of the university.

“As the strike prolonged, I volunteered to arrange talks between KUNTEA and the VC. As both parties remained adamant on their stand, work was completely paralysed. This is not true that I am trying to dictate my terms in KU,” Sudha said

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