PUTA comes to aid of PU faculty member
CBI has accused professor and 11 others of misleading AICTE in grant of recognition to an educational institute in Jaipur
Jyotsna Jalali CHANDIGARH: The Panjab University teachers association (PUTA) has come out in support of Prof OP Katare of the pharmacy department against whom the central bureau of investigation (CBI) has sought permission for prosecution from the PU authorities. It is important to mention here that PUTA has taken up the matter after HT reported it.
CBI has booked Prof OP Katare along with 11 others for allegedly misleading the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) in the matter of granting recognition to an educational institute in Jaipur.
The PUTA after reading about the incident called an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue. Prof OP Katare was also called in the meeting by PUTA to understand the complete issue. Talking to HT PUTA President Mohammad Khalid said, “We have heard Prof Katare and gone through the case. On the face of it Prof Katare is not at fault and PUTA is supporting him. We shall urge PU authorities to look into the matter and not grant prosecution sanction in this case as it would only mean harassment to a faculty member and we shall not allow the same.” The decision whether the permission should be granted to CBI for prosecution of Prof Katare lies entirely with the senate but PUTA is of the view that they would take it up with the officials and ensure that no wrong is done to any faculty member.
Meanwhile, Prof Katare has also maintained that he was performing his duties and no way was it his responsibility to check whether documents provided by institute are authentic or not. He adds that it was the responsibility of AICTE office in Delhi to check the same. Meanwhile the issue has become the talk in the varsity with many trying to politicise the same.