Will take strin­gent ac­tion, says V-C

The Hindu - - TAMIL NADU - Staff Re­porter

The Madu­rai Ka­ma­raj Univer­sity (MKU) has con­sti­tuted a five-mem­ber com­mit­tee, which in­cludes three fe­male pro­fes­sors, to en­quire into the con­tro­versy that erupted af­ter a woman fac­ulty mem­ber of an af­fil­i­ated col­lege was heard ‘lur­ing’ four girl stu­dents into do­ing “cer­tain things” in re­turn for aca­demic and fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits.

M. Lel­lis Thiva­gar, Syn­di­cate mem­ber and chair­per­son of the School of Math­e­mat­ics, will be the con­venor of the com­mit­tee.

S. An­di­ap­pan, Syn­di­cate mem­ber and chair­per­son of the School of Re­li­gions, Phi­los­o­phy and Hu­man­ist Thought; S. Ra­jasha­bala, Syn­di­cate mem­ber and As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor in School of Physics; P. Var­alak­shmi, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the School of Biotech­nol­ogy; and P. Jeyab­harathy, As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the School of Youth Em­pow­er­ment, are the other mem­bers.

Vice-Chan­cel­lor P.P. Chel­lathu­rai, who said he was presently in Delhi, told

The Hindu that the com­mit­tee would in­ves­ti­gate all as­pects of the is­sue.

“We will take strin­gent ac­tion if any MKU of­fi­cial is found to be in­volved. At the same time, we are not rul­ing out the pos­si­bil­ity that the en­tire au­dio­tape was recorded in an or­ches­trated man­ner so as to malign MKU’s rep­u­ta­tion,” he said.

Mean­while, univer­sity sources said that the Regis­trar of the MKU, V. Chin­niah, left for Chen­nai on Mon­day, re­port­edly on be­ing sum­moned by the Gover­nor’s of­fice through the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment.

‘Panel dis­ap­point­ing’

The Joint Ac­tion Coun­cil of MKU (JAC-MKU), a coali­tion of two teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff as­so­ci­a­tions, ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over the con­sti­tu­tion of the com­mit­tee.

In an emer­gency meet­ing of its ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee con­vened on Mon­day re­gard­ing the is­sue, the JAC-MKU said that it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate for the in­ter­nal com­mit­tee, in­volv­ing Syn­di­cate mem­bers who were nom­i­nated to the Syn­di­cate by the univer­sity, to in­ves­ti­gate the is­sue when the au­dio­tape in­di­cated the in­volve­ment of se­nior of­fi­cials of the MKU.

The JAC-MKU passed res­o­lu­tions de­mand­ing the con­sti­tu­tion of a com­mit­tee by the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary with mem­bers drawn from out­side. It also sought trans­fer of the case to the CB-CID wing of the Tamil Nadu po­lice.

The coali­tion has also called for a gate meet­ing at the univer­sity cam­pus on Tues­day morn­ing, which is ex­pected to be at­tended by all mem­bers of the two as­so­ci­a­tions, to de­cide on the fu­ture course of ac­tion.

P.P. Chel­lathu­rai

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