This sudden termination for the trivial reason of being affable and considerate to the students is utterly outrageous as contract and permanent faculty members facing far more serious allegations, including repeated complaints of sexual harassment, are allowed to continue in their position and are also considered for promotion. This incident in the middle of the semester has a serious impact on the academics of the students as the terminated faculty members are also project guides of the final year postgraduate students.
This has been met with dissent by the students whose repeated attempts to revoke the decision is being continually suppressed. The registrar held a dialogue with the Student Council members and the representatives of the English department after repeated protest activities in the campus on 12th February 2019, but the authorities did not budge from this ego-driven decision of theirs.
Their sudden termination shows the university’s fear of faculty members who refuse to take part in the unjust treatment of students and to be a part of the repressive structures of power.
A hostel meeting which was held on December 12th, 2018 was attended by the resident wardens of the girls’ and boys’ hostels along with wardens and chief wardens of both the hostels. Among various other things, the matter of girls coming late to New Girls hostel was discussed. The resident wardens of the New Girls hostel were called ‘careless’, ‘irresponsible’ and ‘lethargic’ by the chief warden,
In order to avoid further problems, Miss Aazhi Arasi and Miss Saranya applied for accommodation in the guest house.
The meeting took place around 1.30 p.m. The whole scenario was intimidating as her tone was rude, harsh and her voice was loud throughout the meeting. They were told that there had been a lot of complaints regarding the New Girls hostel and asked about the steps that were taken against the latecomers.
Since they hadn’t reported to the warden about the girls that came late to the hostel, the Registrar shouted at them saying that they had not performed their duties properly and as a consequence, they wouldn’t be provided with
A few minutes later, the head of the department informed them there were orders from the Registrar to terminate them. At 6.22 p.m. they received a mail from the establishment section stating that they have been “terminated with immediate effect (08.02.2019- A.N) due to violation of conduct.” No other reason has been cited and no other explanation has been offered to them.
The Central University of Tamil Nadu has been constantly criticised on the basis of the saffronisation of the campus even though the authorities claim the campus to be “above politics and strictly adhering to rules“.
The Central University of Tamil Nadu has been constantly criticised on the basis of the saffronisation of the campus even though the authorities claim the campus to be “above politics and strictly adhering to rules“. It is their interest to maintain a despotic administrative system for the enforcement of their dominant ideology which discriminates against and undermines the voice of the students on many levels. The agenda behind such
Anadha Krishnan M S, a second year student of Central University of Tamil Nadu, who is an active student organiser who represented the university in south zone inter-university youth festival, was earlier told to go to Pakistan when he planned to organise a cycle rally against rising fuel prices, stating the reason that one cannot criticise the government.
After we began our hunger strike, the registrar and all other administrative officers told us that they will arrange a meeting with the VC on Monday. As we do not trust their words, we have planned to go for a relay hunger strike till the VC arrives and till the order is revoked.
On hearing this, they informed our HOD that if the strike is not called off, all the English department students will be suspended and will be asked to leave our hostels. On top of it all, all our classes will be suspended for a minimum of two weeks. Calling their bluff, we asked them to issue the order in writing, which they failed to do so.
We will continue this fight against fascism until the order is revoked and justice is served.
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