Pending inquiry, Mangalore University on Saturday suspended from service the Principal Investigator of a research project against whom two women researchers had filed a complaint of harassment recently. The Principal Investigator is a Reader who teaches Environmental Science in the Department of Biosciences. He was suspended following a Syndicate decision. He had been served with a show-cause notice, sources in the university told The Hindu on Saturday.

In another development, the university on Saturday removed B. Udaya as Chairman of the Department of History. Mr. Udaya was also removed as Chairman of the Board of Examinations in History and as Chairman of the Board of Studies in History. He was also removed as Warden of University Men's Hostel.

The university has decided that Mr. Udaya should not be given any responsible positions in the university for the next three years. The university took the disciplinary action against Mr. Udaya as his wife had appeared for the first year postgraduate correspondence course examinations in History in 2008-09 when her husband was the Chairman of the Board of Examinations. Sources said that according to the rules of the university, Mr. Udaya should not have remained as Chairman when his wife was appearing for the examinations. Mr. Udaya had not informed the university about this.

Sources said that the university had slapped a fine of Rs. 25,000 on B. Ramesh, Principal of B.T. Chennaiah Gowramma College in Somwarpet, Kodagu, for conducting the Business Statistics examination of the fourth semester BBM course in the forenoon on May 20, 2010 instead of afternoon as scheduled by the university. Mr. Ramesh was a former member of the Syndicate of the university.

It has fined Shivananda, a commerce teacher of the same college Rs. 10,000 in this case. It has imposed Rs. 10,000 as fine on Satish, another teacher from the government degree college at Napoklu, who was the deputy chief of the examination on that day. When contacted, Vice-Chancellor of the university T.C. Shivashankara Murthy confirmed all the developments.

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