Row over election for Dumka college teachers’ representative

  • | Sunday | 1st October, 2023

Dumka: The AN College, one of the permanently affiliated institutes under the Sido Kanhu Murmu University (SKMU), Dumka, is organising the of teachers representative (TR) for the colleges governing body (GB) without reportedly seeking the universitys permission.The principal in-charge of the AN College, Sanjay Kumar Singh, through a notification issued on September 18, initiated the process of election of the teachers representative by declaring October 4 as the date of voting besides other dates of the process.Opposing the move, a section of college teachers approached the vice-chancellor in-charge of the SKMU, Vimal Prasad Singh, through a complaint lodged by assistant professors Suman Kumar, Mukul Kumar Singh, and Chandrakant Singh referring to the statutory provisions which envisage the mandatory permission of the college GB and the university management for initiating the election process. Due to the lack of directives by the college GB and the SKMU management, the TR elections have been pending for long in all the permanently affiliated colleges. The principal in-charge of the AN College has initiated the process arbitrarily, the complaint, a copy of which is with the TOI, mentions, while demanding withholding the process. The complaint also refers to a judgement passed by the Patna high court in the case, CWJC No 14066/12, for holding the election of the TR simultaneously in all the affiliated colleges of the Patliputra University, during which the registrar and the principals were notified to be the returning officer and the assistant returning officers.Let alone the matter of conducting simultaneous elections in all the affiliated colleges, the permission for the same has not been granted by the SKMU even to the AN College administration, the complaint further points out. Sanjay Kumar Singh said, The SKMU administration has been informed about the initiation of the election process for the TR, which will be conducted under the observation of the observer to be notified by it, adding that the SKMU was yet to notify the name of the observer.Dumka BJP MP Sunil Soren, who is also the former chairperson of the GB, has written to the SKMU VC supporting the cause of the complainant teachers. SKMU registrar Sanju Kumar Singh said the matter was under consideration of the vice-chancellor. The college has 90 assistant professors and 9,000 students.We also published the following articles recentlyAdmn to give report on PU affiliation for Hry collegesThe UT administration of Chandigarh will submit an action taken report at the Northern Zonal Council meeting regarding the affiliation of Panjab University to Haryana colleges. The meeting, chaired by home minister Amit Shah, aims to address issues such as university funding, cyber-crimes, crimes against women, and drug trafficking. However, the long-pending issue of non-notification of the Sukhna eco-sensitive zone in Punjab and Haryana is unlikely to be discussed. The meeting may also address the issue of Chandigarh allotting land to Haryana for the construction of its new legislative assembly.ASR med college principal namedDr. Hemalatha, a gynaecology professor, has been appointed as the principal of the new medical college in Paderu, Andhra Pradesh. The college, currently under construction, is set to begin its academic session next year. In a controversial move, the state government also appointed a professor due to retire in 10 days as the principal of Government Medical College in Guntur. Meanwhile, construction work has been inaugurated for the Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Government Medical College in Yamunanagar, Haryana. Additionally, funds have been approved for the construction of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi.Sit and sort it out: Shah hint on PU affiliation for Hry collegesDuring the 31st Northern Zonal Council meeting, Home Minister Amit Shah called for a resolution between Punjab and Haryana regarding Panjab Universitys affiliation for Haryana colleges. Shah emphasized the need for a mutual decision, although the National Education Policy allows for such affiliations. However, no conclusive decision was reached as Punjab strongly opposes the move. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar argued that affiliating colleges in Panchkula, Ambala, and Yamunanagar with Panjab University would benefit students. Other topics discussed during the meeting included cyber-crime prevention and the speedy investigation of sexual offense cases.

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