CUTA criticises teachers' forum

Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: The Calicut University Teachers Association (CUTA) has criticised a teachers' organisation owing allegiance to the Left for “misleading the public by deliberately hiding facts” in connection with the Chancellor's directive to ‘notionally appoint' B. Karunakaran as professor of Sanskrit.

In a statement on Monday, P. Mohanan and K.V. Lazar, president and secretary respectively of CUTA, said that the leaders of the Association of Calicut University Teachers (ACT) should have studied the case before “venturing to defend the Registrar.” ACT leaders had defended Sanskrit professor T.K. Narayanan, who holds the charge of Registrar, against demands from various staff organisations for his removal.

The Chancellor, in an order on February 19, had asked the university to give notional appointment and all benefits to Dr. Karunakaran with effect from 1989. Dr. Karunakaran's selection by the appointment committee as Sanskrit professor in 1989 was rejected by the University Syndicate, which preferred Dr. Narayanan to the post. The Chancellor revoked the decision to appoint Dr. Narayanan, the rival candidate of Dr. Karunakaran.