The decision of the Mahatma Gandhi University to cancel the appointments of two assistant professors has met with criticism from within the university.

The university authorities had on Saturday cancelled the appointments of two assistant professors, Dimpi V. Divakaran and M.K. Biju, of the School of International Relations and Politics (SIRP) and the School of Management and Business Studies (SMBS) respectively, both of which had been made during the tenure of former Vice-Chancellor Rajan Gurukkal. The decision was made on the basis of recommendations put forth by the University Syndicate during its meeting held on Thursday. The decision was also based on a Kerala High Court order, according to Syndicate members.

Consequently, the Syndicate had also decided to renotify the post of Assistant professor in SIRP as a temporary one and to renotify all posts in SMBS.

In a release issued here on Sunday, the Faculty Council of the SIRP alleged that the Post-graduate programme in ‘Public Policy and Governance’, introduced under the ‘Innovative Programme’ of the UGC was ‘in the throes of a serious crisis’ following the decision of the University.

It is also stated that ‘it would be suicidal on the part of the University to abandon the posts sanctioned by the UGC, particularly in the context of the observation made by the NAAC Report for reaccreditation of MGU which pointed out that one of the major weaknesses of the university is the lack of sufficient teachers. It added that the university was treading on the path of abandoning prestigious programmes without any regard for the academic benefits accruing from them. This obviously will affect the future of students who have already been admitted to the programme.

Furthermore, a resolution passed by the Faculty council has appealed to the Vice-Chancellor and members of the Syndicate to reconsider the decision. It has been mentioned that ‘the appointment of a permanent faculty in ‘Public Policy and Governance’ under the ‘Innovative Programme’ of the UGC was mandatory as per Clause 13 of the UGC order stating the conditions for assistance.

MG University authorities on Saturday cancelled appointments of two assistant professors