Panjab University Union Formed 8-member Council

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The Panjab University Union formed an Eight-member council on the Pledge of Dr. Gurmeet Singh for demanding the Central University status for the university.

The council will be headed by board member Sh. Jarnail Singh. Among other members of the sodality are Dr Gurmeet Singh, Prof Navdeep Goyal, Prof Akshay Kumar, Dr Dalip Kumar, Iqbal Sandhu and Subhash Sharma.

Dr Gurmeet Singh had hoisted the problem in the previous two Senate gatherings. He recommended that the only resolution to the financial crisis  being experienced by the university was to collectively move the Centre and the state government for the Central University status.

The meeting of the Syndicate was held on April 30, 2017. It was guided by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Arun Kumar Grover.

The union also accepted a new “Panjab University Commission Against Sexual Harassment” (PUCASH) for a two-year term with impact from August 1, 2017. The new PUCASH will be overseen by Prof Manvinder Kaur from the Department-cum-Center for Women’s Study and Development.

Among other members of the commission are Prof Rajat Sandhir, Prof Ameer Sultana, Prof Promila Pathak, Poonam Chopra, Surinder and Dr Navneet Kaur, excluding members of three NGOs.

The Union said college professors and associate professors of five-year standing could be reckoned for faculties, whereas the methods had to be worked out by a council of Syndics and the report shall be brought back to the Syndicate for further deliberation.

The master seniority list of university teachers at separate levels advised by a committee shall be transmitted to the university teaching community for comments.

Punishment suggested  in sexual harassment case:

After receiving the commendations of the PUCASH with respect to a sexual harassment accusation against an assistant professor from the Department of Public Administration, the PU club advised imposition of a major penalty on him. The matter will again come up at the Union gathering on May 7 to choose the amount of lashing.

Sources said the assistant professor could face suspension, demotion, termination or dismissal.

A postgraduate student had stated that the assistant professor had indulged in “sexual talks” with her and used to make “sexually coloured remarks” on September 10, 2015.  The petitioner also indicated the union that he also  intimidated to spoil her career if she lodge a complaint against him.

The PUCASH held him guilty in the case and asked the PU  jurisdictions to take action against him.

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