V-C corrects his own direction, allows questions in Senate meet

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Oct 2018 08:54:46


Staff Reporter,

Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Vice-Chancellor Dr S P Kane had to withdraw his direction preventing Senate members of raising questions during its meetings. The direction was issued by Dr Kane a few days back, which evoked very strong criticism from various sections of the academia.

Senate members had raised objection to the alleged dictatorial approach of the V-C to prevent them from raising questions on various issues pertaining to the university functioning. Associations of the University teachers had also opposed the direction and had called it against the democratic rights of the Senate members to ask questions, called interpellations.

Although interpellations are not the part of the Act or Law,
it was introduced in the University functioning several decades ago. The tradition continued as a right of the Senate members to raise questions for clarifications on various issues related to the University. A delegation of Vidyapeeth Shikshan Manch had raised the issue with the V-C and later approached the Governor, who is also Chancellor of the University. The Shikshan Manch convinced the Chancellor that the Senate members should not be deprived of this privilege.

Dr Kane had to change the direction and the amended direction was issued on September 30. The next meeting of the Senate will be held in the month of October, for which the members will be able to submit the questions.

The rules pertaining to the interpellations have also been mentioned in the direction. Unless absolutely necessary names or statement, which would make the question intelligible, should not be mentioned. The question should not be expression of opinion or solution of an abstract legal question of a hypothetical composition or a defamatory statement or referring to conduct or character of any person, except in his official capacity connected with the University.

The members cannot submit more than three questions and the V-C has right to accept or disallow the question with reasons to be communicated to the member concerned.