Staff Reporter

Scientist says Syndicate decision seems to be political; alleges tailoring of the sub-committee report

Suggests appointing a panel to look into the issue

Says the teachers have done creditable work

TENHIPALAM: Senior scientist and the former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Madras P.T. Manoharan has appealed to Governor R.S. Gavai to stall the move by the Calicut University Syndicate to dismiss eight teachers on the ground that their appointments did not fulfil the norms.

In a memorandum submitted to Mr. Gavai, who is also Chancellor of Calicut University, Prof. Manoharan alleged that the university was seemingly acting on political basis. He appealed that Calicut University be instructed not to proceed with the termination procedures until the Chancellor takes a decision on it.

He urged the Governor to appoint a committee of senior academics chosen from premier institutions to look into the case and to give an academic judgement.

He said the matter could also be referred to the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Prof. Manoharan said several of the teachers facing ouster, particularly P. Raveendran, Reader at the Department of Chemistry, had done creditable scientific work in top class universities. Noting Dr. Raveendran’s academic achievements at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.; University of Gottingen, Germany; and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan, he said any Indian university would have been most proud of having him on its faculty structure.

Prof. Manoharan said the teachers were being hounded out of the university in a politically surcharged atmosphere.

‘Not healthy’

He said the Syndicate had tailored a sub-committee report suggesting there were irregularities in the selection of the teachers. The Calicut University Syndicate has issued show-cause notices to the teachers.

Prof. Manoharan said there was something not so healthy in the overenthusiastic manner in which the university was trying to implement the report without waiting for the Governor’s decision on the report.

He said the reasons found by the sub-committee for the ouster of the teachers were flimsy.