Satavahana University VC appears before National Commission for Backward Classes on charges of illegal removal of five contract faculty

PEDDAPALLI, SEPTEMBER 04, 2023: Satavahana University Vice Chancellor S Mallesham on Monday appeared before the National Commission for Backward Classes chairman Hansraj Gangaram Ahir with regard to the removal of five contract faculty without any reasons over the UGC 12-B recognition.

The National BCs commission chairman arrived at NTPC Ramagundam to review various issues including complaints.  Contract faculty  Penchala Srinivas has lodged a complaint with National Commission for BCs alleging that the Vice Chancellor had allegedly removed five contract lecturers charging that they had lodged a complaint against the UGC on the sanctioning of 12B recognition to the university. The VC had stated that they had constituted a four-man committee and removed the five contractor lecturers following the allegations of lodging complaint against the university over the sanctioning of UGC 12B recognition.

The contract lecturers approached the Telangana High Court, which had ordered their reinstatement. But, the VC had moved a resolution at the Executive Committee and terminated the contract lecturers from service with a vengeance. When the whistle-blowers asked the UGC whether any persons had lodged complaint against the Satavahana University over the sanction of UGC 12-B recognition, it clarified that no person had lodged any complaint.

Similarly, the whistle-blower also wrote a letter to Satavahana University whether they had constituted any four-man committee to remove the contract lecturers on the charges of lodging complaint against the university to UGC. The Satavahana University had also replied stating that they had not constituted any four-man committee. It is alleged that the VC instead of showing 14 courses in the university to the UGC for the sanction of 12-B recognition had showed only eight courses.

On the other hand, the VC had converted the regular courses of MA (English), MA (Telugu), MSc (Mathematics and MSc (Botany) as self-financing courses by increasing fees and distancing the poor students from pursuing higher education. The contract lecturers informed the National BC commission that the VC had purposefully terminated them from service as the truth of converting the regular courses into self-financing courses would be exposed. The contract lecturers said that the chairman of National BC commission had a patient hearing and the decision would be announced very soon.


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