Staff worried as VC goes incommunicado after HC verdict
Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) campus here is gripped with suspense as the first day of the new academic year began on Tuesday with classes for postgraduate students being postponed and Vice-Chancellor Kalyani Mathivanan going ‘incommunicado’ to many senior varsity officials and Syndicate members.
After the Madras High Court Bench set aside the appointment of Mrs. Mathivanan on qualification eligibility issue on June 26, the university had landed in an “administrative crisis” since there was no clarity on decision-making even as admissions had commenced for the 2014-15 academic year, senior officials lamented.
“In the morning, we got oral communication that reopening of classes for students after two-month vacation has been postponed till July 9. Only the faculty members were there in departments, and we find there is a complete vacuum on the MKU campus,” a few professors told The Hindu on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the Syndicate which takes crucial decisions on administrative matters got truncated as two members – P. Chelladurai and G. Jayalakshmi – retired from service on June 30.
Registrar N. Rajasekar said he had approached the Higher Education Secretary to get instructions on how to go about at this stage. “The Vice-Chancellor is not on the campus. Her secretary told me that he would give me directions and I am waiting for them,” he said, and claimed that the MKU administration was, however, intact.
While reliable sources said Mrs. Mathivanan had been camping in New Delhi to go in appeal in the Supreme Court against the HC verdict, faculty associations here wrote to the Governor’s office to quickly intervene in the issue.
S. Krishnaswamy, president, Madurai Kamaraj University Faculty Association (MUFA), said the classes for the second-year PG students which normally commenced on July 1 had been postponed.
“We have urged the Governor to make necessary arrangements in the absence of the VC under Section 11 (4) of statute 3 of this university. Even if Dr. Mathivanan goes in appeal in the Supreme Court, she has no moral right to continue in the office as her name figures in the FIR in an assault case,” he added.
“We request the Governor to remove the VC. The Chancellor-Governor needs to bring about moral authority to the high office of the Vice-Chancellor,” the petition submitted by MUFA said.
According to sources, a few Syndicate members had an informal meeting on Tuesday evening to take stock of the current situation and decide the future course of action.