Teaching, non- teaching employees strike work, stage demo after principal wishes to take VRS and administrative officers puts in papers
Indore: Teaching and non- teaching employees of Government Holkar Science College, on Friday struck their work and went up in arms against public participation committee chairman Dinesh Khandelwal alleging that he misbehaved with college staff and worked beyond his powers.
They dashed off a letter to Higher Education Minister Umashankar Gupta and the Higher Education Commissioner requesting them to remove Khandelwal from the post immediately.The college insiders said that Khandelwal was acting as super principal since his appointment as public participation committee chairman in the college in October, last year.
“ In an attempt to take all the powers in his hand, he would pull strings from the back of the principal against the employees and if they refuse to bow before him, he misbehaves with them,” the insiders claimed.Recently, he reportedly got notices issued through the principal against some employees stating that they were residing in the official quarters ‘ illegally’ and asked them to vacate the quarters.
Stating that they were not claiming HRA against the quarters, they refused to adhere to the instructions which led a confrontation between Khandelwal and a group of employees.
In another incident, he got two daily- wagers, including a computer operator, off their jobs. Requiring hands, Prof RC Dixit, who also has additional charge of administrative Teaching and non- teaching employees burn an effigy of Dinesh Khandelwal during their protest at the college, on Friday. FP photo Photograph of Dinesh Khandelwal in full glory on college website. This place is meant for the college principal.
officer, got two other dailywagers appointed against the vacant posts.When Khandelwal came to know about it, he reportedly abused Dixit in front of some staff members, on Thursday.Unable to bear the insult, Dixit on Thursday evening put in his papers as administrative officer and expressed his annoyance with the principal for playing into the hands of Khandelwal.
Some other employees also alleged in similar manner.According to sources, the principal admitted that he was helpless before Khandelwal as he was member of the ruling party and has high political connections.
The principal reportedly wished to take VRS if Khandelwal persists with his pressures.” When the non- teaching employees came to know about this conversation at the princpal’s office, they staged a demonstration, on Friday stating that Khandelwal’s head should roll.
Soon the teachers too joined the protest. An effigy of Khandelwal was also burnt and a meeting by the Teachers Association was called to discuss the future course of action.In the meeting, the association condemned Khandelwal’s behavour with Dixit and unanimously decided to write a letter to the state government demanding his expulsion.
Later, a joint- meeting of teaching and non- teaching employees associations was called in which nearly 300 members were present. The meeting observed that the public participation committee chairman appointment is a political one and should be cancelled forth with.They passed a proposal recommending expulsion of Khandelwal from the college. Later, a letter was also written to the Higher Education Minister seeking termination of Khandelwal.
The principal said that he had asked Khandelwal not to interact with employees and teachers of the college directly. He hoped that the issue between Khandelwal and employees would be resolved soon.Khandelwal on the other hand said that the nonteaching employees protested against him as he did not stand by them to oppose an order of the principal.
Khandelwal in controversy always
This is not for the first time Khandelwal invited controversy.He drew flak for chopping off trees on the campus. He had washed his hands of the incident saying that it was not his but the order of Principal of New Government College, which operates from Holkar College campus. Even appointment of Khandelwal as public participation committee chairman had run into controversy as he was reportedly appointed on the day Model Code of Conduct had come into force. An inquiry by the district collector had found the joining ‘ illegal’ and recommended for action against principal RK Tugnawat, who facilitated it. However, the Divisional Commissioner later gave clean chit to Tugnawat in the matter.