Syndicate finds controversial questions an unintentional error

Mahatma Gandhi University, on Saturday, revoked the suspension of T.J. Joseph, Professor, whose hand was chopped off in Muvattupuzha on July 4 by suspected extremists for setting a controversial question paper for an internal examination at Newman College, Thodupuzha.

A meeting of the Syndicate decided to revoke the suspension as he apologised to the university and the public for his error in asking a few questions which hurt religious sentiments.

The Syndicate found it to be an unintentional error. The lesson prepared by him had glorified the birth of Prophet Mohammad. The Syndicate had considered the cruel attack on the teacher and his financial condition, a press note said.

The Syndicate decided to debar permanently Korah K. Mani, Principal of CMS College, from the conduct of university examinations as he was found guilty of dereliction of duty in the opening of a packet of question papers against university stipulations. It decided to ask the college's manager to replace Mr. Mani.

Mr. Mani was at the centre of a controversy which led to the violence on the college campus that snowballed into a major political issue.

The Syndicate decided to refer the issue to the police for further inquiry. The university decided against allowing extra time sought by Mr. Mani to answer its show-cause notice as it viewed the request as a deliberate act to delay the process.

The meeting decided to constitute a sub-committee consisting of P.K. Harikumar as convener and V.N. Chandramohan and G. Santhosh as members to study and report on the possibilities of readmission of Jaick C. Thomas, an undergraduate student who was removed from the rolls by the CMS College authorities.

The Syndicate decided to suspend Rajesh Komath, lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, as he was under the shadow of alleged indecent behaviour to an M.Phil. student.

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