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Varsity plans to teach a lesson to rumour-mongers

Employees indulging in mudslinging are set to face the music

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: : Madurai Kamaraj University will initiate action against those varsity staff involved in spreading `rumours' and rushing with `false complaints' to the Governor, Chief Minister, Education Secretary and senior Government officials against the administration.

A decision was taken at the Syndicate meeting on Saturday following a flurry of telegrams and fax messages sent to Chennai and New Delhi by some staff members on Friday evening, urging `intervention' from the highest level on the appointment issue.

The `urgent messages' complained that `the varsity administration proposed to appoint 11 non-teaching staff as teaching faculty in Directorate of Distance Education without notification and proper selection process.' The fax messages complained that a resolution has been proposed in the Syndicate meeting and hence `the prayer to intervene and stop the illegal process.'

"We are taking action against this sort of mud-slinging. There was no item on the agenda about non-teaching staff appointment in the DDE as teaching faculty. It was only rumour and imagination," P. Maruthamuthu, Vice-Chancellor, told The Hindu after the meeting. He said the Syndicate had authorised him to discipline those "sending wrong complaints directly to the Chancellor, Chief Minister, University Grants Commission and others."

Appointments committee

As a first step, the Syndicate passed a resolution to form an `Appointments Committee' to look into the issue of appointments, suspension, removal from service, promotion and enquiry. The committee will deal with both teaching and non-teaching staff, and is constituted as per statute requirements (Statute 24-item 7).

The three-member committee would have Syndicate members — P. M. Ajmal Khan, G. Subramanian and P. Gunasekaran.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the committee would meet d when appointment issues arose on the campus. "We will not accept damage done to the varsity's name. Staff issues will be considered but not at the cost of quality," Dr. Maruthamuthu said.

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