MALAPPURAM: Employees and teachers of Calicut University took out a protest march on the campus on Saturday demanding ouster of T.K. Narayanan from the posts of Acting Registrar and Sanskrit Professor.
The march was staged under the joint banner of five unions – Calicut University Teachers Association (CUTA), Calicut University Staff Organisation (CUSO), Solidarity of University Employees (SUE), Calicut University Employees Forum (CUEF), and Calicut University Employees Centre (CUEC).
The march began from Pareeksha Bhavan around 11 a.m. and was blocked by the police in front of the Administrative Block, where the university Syndicate was in session.
P. Padmarajan, CUSO president; U.V. Rajagopal, CUSO general secretary;
K.V. Lazar, CUTA general secretary; P. Raveendran, CUTA leader; T.J. Martin, CUEF leader; K.G. Sujith, former president of CUEF; P. Abdurahman, SUE president; E. Mohammed Basheer, SUE secretary; and Balagopal Payicheri, CUEC leader, led the march.
The protestors demanded that Dr. Narayanan, Sanskrit professor who holds charge of Registrar, be stripped of his positions in the light of an order by Chancellor R.S. Gavai asking the university to give notional appointment to B. Karunakaran, a rival candidate of Dr. Narayanan for Sanskrit professor's post.
The Chancellor's order in a long-drawn case, during which Dr. Karunakaran was superannuated and Dr. Narayanan was elevated to the post of Registrar, has put the university in a tight situation.
Protestors opposing the current university administration argue that giving notional appointment and its benefits to Dr. Karunakaran would naturally invalidate Dr. Narayanan's appointment as Sanskrit professor. “Hence he has no right to continue as Acting Registrar,” said Dr. Lazar.
The protestors warned of intensifying the agitation if the university did not remove Dr. Narayanan from the post.