Thursday, October 28, 2004

V-C under fire for alleged 'anti-Dalit stand'

PUNE: Vice-chancellor Ashok Kolaskar came under fire for his alleged "anti-Dalit" stance at the University of Pune (UoP) senate meeting.

Associations of the backward class teachers, like the Babasaheb Ambedkar teachers federation and the Bahujan Shikshak Va Shikshaketar Karmachari Sanghatana, have launched a dharna outside the university main building.

They alleged that Kolaskar had an "anti-Dalit" bias, and was dithering on filling up the posts meant for backward castes in the varsity. They also opposed the revised PhD guidelines, saying it had no concessions for the Dalits.

Senate member Venkatesh Holehonnur moved a stay motion on the issue of Kolaskar not holding talks with the agitators.

The proposal was withdrawn after discussion on the issue in the council. Some members challenged Kolaskar's contention that he had not held talks with the agitators as he had not received any official request to that effect till 11:30 am on Tuesday.

Alleging that Kolaskar was misleading the house, they said that the agitators had sent a memorandum and six reminders to him. The members urged Kolaskar to hold talks with the agitators "as soon as possible" as the issue had immense social importance. Kolaskar said the talks would be held after the senate meeting.

Source: The Times of India, October 28, 2004

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