PUNE: The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has removed from its commerce syllabus course content related to DS Kulkarni, industrialist and builder allegedly involved in fraud cases of over Rs 2,000 crore.
Varsity officials stated that his story as a successful industrialist was introduced in commerce subjects four years ago.
“A lesson in Marathi subject of first year commerce course and mention of his work in Business Entrepreneurs Part III subject of third year commerce course had content on Kulkarni,” said SPPU Pro-Vice Chancellor NS Umarani.
“The university identified some entreprenuers and industrialists. Chapters on these industrialists who have highly contributed in building empires were introduced in the new syllabus which was revised in the year 2013,” he said.
However, principals, professors and members of Management Council raised several suggestions and objections over mention of his name in the curriculum of commerce course after which the university set up a committee to withdraw all content related to DSK.
“The varsity took feedback from several stakeholders, authors who are responsible for reforms in curriculum and other experts.The decision to remove the lessons on him considering the present scenerio was taken after weighing several opinions and advice from academicians,” Umarani further said.
The Economic offences wing (EOW) of Pune city police Crime Branch has filed a chargesheet against builder DS Kulkarni, his wife Hemanti, son Shirish Kulkarni, and other relatives and staffs, for allegedly cheating people to the tune of Rs 2,091 crores under pretext of lucrative returns.