Pro­fes­sor Pal De­lighted to be Back at Work

Fiji Sun - - NATION - INOKE RABONU Edited by Ivamere Nataro

Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific vicechan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Pal Ah­luwalia says he is de­lighted to be back at work after be­ing sus­pended for two weeks.

Pro­fes­sor Ah­luwalia was sus­pended on pay and with­out with­drawal of priv­i­leges on June 9, after a special sit­ting of the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee or­dered in­ves­ti­ga­tions of al­leged ma­te­rial mis­con­duct.

He was re­in­stated after the 35-mem­ber USP coun­cil in their meet­ing on June 19 were not con­vinced that due process was car­ried in the suspension of Pro­fes­sor Ah­luwalia.

In an email to all staff and stu­dents of the Univer­sity yes­ter­day, Pro­fes­sor Ah­luwalia said he was over­whelmed by the show of sup­port by all staff and stu­dents.

“It is now time for all of us to fo­cus on the well­be­ing and fu­ture of our stu­dents. No doubt, over the last few days, they have been dis­tracted and it is now every­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that they are able to do their best as we come to­wards the end of the se­mes­ter.

“COVID-19 has al­ready im­pacted on our core busi­ness, but it is now ev­i­dent that we will be able to re­sume face-to-face teach­ing in the sec­ond se­mes­ter. For all our stu­dents, es­pe­cially in the re­gion, pro­vi­sion will be made to con­tinue re­mote teach­ing to en­sure that the cur­rent aca­demic year can be suc­cess­fully com­pleted.”

Yes­ter­day, a del­e­ga­tion from the staff and stu­dents gath­ered out­side his of­fice to wel­come him.

Union Sec­re­tary for the In­ter­me­di­ate and Ju­nior Staff Union Ilima Fini­asi said: “We came to meet him to­day and we are grate­ful to see him in high spir­its car­ry­ing on with his work.”

Pro­fes­sor Pal Ah­luwalia (third from left) with some of the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific Student As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers.

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