Published: 27th April 2018
MKU College principal forcing staff to sign letters in favour of Vice Chancellor
One of the letters even stated that the Vice Chancellor was a good person and the university was on the path of development after he assumed office
Madurai Kamaraj University (MKU) College Principal N George and a teaching staff Ramachandran are, reportedly, forcing teaching as well as non-teaching staff to sign letters that are in favour of the vice chancellor PP Chellathurai.
Stating that the letters are both in English as well as Tamil, a professor at the college, on condition of anonymity, said that one of the letters stated that the VC was a good person and the university was on the path of development after he assumed office.
"Another letter is set to be sent to 12 persons including the Governor, higher education minister, higher education secretary, vice chancellor, and the registrar requesting action against the office bearers of Joint Action Committee (JAC) Muthiah, Murugan, Sadasivam, Bhuvaneswaran and Balasubramani, who were 'deliberately maligning the reputation of MKU and its higher officials',” he added.
The professor further said that the principal was forcing the staff to do a favour to the MKU VC and higher officials. "The JAC committee members are employees of MKU. We will not do anything against them. They staged a protest because they have the right to freedom of expression. They are working at MKU and we are working in the MKU College. No way are we connected to them,” he stated.
Responding to the issue, George said, “The present vice chancellor has done so many things for the development of MKU. From June onwards, the VC has been conducting various programmes for the welfare of the students and staff. We are duty-bound to safeguard the goodwill of MKU and the V-C. Hence, the teaching, as well as the non-teaching staff from our college, voluntarily submitted the letter seeking action against the JAC members of MKU.”
MKU Registrar had warned its employees not to get involved in any activities that are likely to damage MKU’s reputation.
Recently, Vice Chancellor P P Chellathurai had transferred office bearers of JAC Muthiah and Murugan who had staged a protest, seeking CB-CID inquiry into the Nirmala Devi's audiotape scandal.