Pune: Around 100 professors, who were terminated or transferred by the Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES), had approached Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) for help but had to return back disappointed on Tuesday.
The professors had together gone to meet Vice-Chancellor (VC) Nitin Karmalkar. However, they received a negative response from the varsity officials.
“A couple of days back, two or three professors had come to the university to meet the VC regarding the grievances faced by professors in STES. Initially, their officials informed us that the VC was attending a meeting in the university. After sometime, when we asked again, they told us he has gone out of the city for some outstation work. After repeatedly requesting to meet him, the officials told us that the VC was in Lucknow,” said Mahesh Tanpure, one of the terminated professors from Sinhgad College of Engineering (SCOE).
“After a lot of insistence, they allowed us to meet the Pro-VC and even he gave us vague answers,” said Tanpure.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Pro-VC NS Umarani said, “Their salary issue is now subjudice, therefore we cannot interfere or take any action against the institute. The professors have met and verbally informed us about their grievances, which include termination of hundreds of professors and transfer of several professors. The decision of transferring employees remains with the respective organisation, we cannot do anything about the issue. But complaints of mental harassment and other issues can be dealt with by the university. If we receive any written complaint, we can probe into the matter.”