Pune: Professors and students agitating against Sinhgad Technical Education Society's (STES) misconducts heaved a sigh of relief as Vice-Chancellor of SPPU Nitin Karmalkar has come out in support of students and professors.
Karmalkar, in a letter to students and professors, has assured that the university will conduct a proper investigation and take adequate action against the educational institute, as per the State Public University Act 2016. He has further asked the students and professors to finish their protest and resume to their academic conducts.
“I agree that injustice has been done to students and professors of STES. Under the Maharashtra Public University Act 2016, section 12 (14), the university has formed an inquiry committee to conduct an investigation and take strict action against STES,” said the VC in the letter.
Appreciating the move taken by the university, professors of STES have reverted to the letter, stating that in concern with the academic development of students in this semester, professors have started counselling the students on personal and group basis through a helpdesk, from 8 am to 8 pm.
Now that professors have taken our due share of responsibilities of helping students on a one-to-one basis, we hope that university's stringent action on STES will address and resolve the pending salary issue of the faculty at the earliest, read the letter written by the professors to VC.
The professors of STES have been on a protest for the past few months on the issue of pending salaries of 15 months. The professors and students had recently begun a hunger strike at the varsity.