The University of Kerala will initiate disciplinary action against six academics on a range of charges. This was decided at a meeting of the university syndicate held here on Wednesday.

It was decided to remove from service, subject to legal opinion, R. Johnson, a lecturer at the Department of Psychology. Professor at the Institute of Management in Kerala (IMK) K.S. Chandrasekhar would be suspended in connection with the revision of marks of a candidate at IMK. The Finance Inspection wing would probe the handling of funds at the IMK over the last eight years.

The syndicate decided to remove P. Syamala Devi from the post of head of the Department of Sanskrit. Two of her salary increments would be barred. A.K. Ambotti would be removed as head of the Department of Islamic Studies and Shaji Varkey would be removed from the post of head of the Department of Politics for irregularities in the conduct of the CSS examinations. One increment of both would be barred. It was also decided to suspend lecturer in the Department of Hindi C.S. Sujith, pending inquiry. It was also decided to suspend from service Deputy Registrar of CSS V. Vijayaraghava Kurup.

Meera Kumari, lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering Trivandrum, would be fined Rs.5,000 each for the 21 university answer papers she failed to return. The university will recommend to the government to suspend Ramesh Kumar, lecturer at Government College, Ambalapuzha, from whom answer papers were lost.

Exam malpractice

A fine of Rs.5 lakh will be levied from the Pankaja Kasturi College of Engineering for examination malpractice there. No supplementary exams would be conducted till 2013 September at SN College, Chengannoor, and notice would be issued for the withdrawal of exam centre at the Azeezia Medical College, Kollam, following the detection of examination malpractices at the colleges.