Published: 08th January 2021
Visva-Bharati University suspends professor who alleged irregularities in appointment of colleague
The suspended professor's colleague had earlier lodged a written complaint to the varsity against Bhattacharya
Visva-Bharati authorities have suspended a professor who recently alleged irregularities in the appointment of a colleague and even wrote to the president and the prime minister about it. The professor also made derogatory remarks against his colleague in the allegations, the varsity said. The decision to suspend him was taken at an executive council meeting of the varsity late on Thursday.
"The Visva-Bharati executive council decided that disciplinary proceedings is to be initiated following applicable rules against Prof Sudipta Bhattacharya and also decided to place him under suspension with immediate effect," the notice said. Bhattacharya, who is also the president of Visva- Bharati University Faculty Association, had shared allegations against the colleague about "irregularities" in his appointment as a 'patha bhavana' (open-air school) head on a WhatsApp group.
He had then forwarded the accusations in an e-mail to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind. The suspended professor's colleague had earlier lodged a written complaint to the varsity against Bhattacharya.
"It is further conveyed that during the period that this order shall remain in force, the headquarters of Prof Bhattacharya will be Santiniketan and that he will not leave the headquarters without obtaining the prior written permission of the undersigned," the suspension notice signed by the acting registrar added. Visva-Bharati authorities could not be contacted for comments.