Thursday, April 18, 2002, Chandigarh, India


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VC seeks Pro-VC’s explanation
Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 17
Punjabi University Vice-Chancellor Dr Jasbir Singh Ahluwalia has asked up Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr R.N. Pal to submit details of his tour programmes since March 1 and report whether he had taken permission from him before proceeding on casual and station leave.

In a letter to the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr Ahluwalia has asked him to submit details of his tour programmes from March 1 onwards till now. He has also been asked to submit copies of any sanction taken from the appropriate authority if any before going on tours.

The letter has also asked the Pro-VC to give complete details of the casual and station leave taken by him during this period. The letter also makes clear that it is necessary to take permission for any tour or leave from the Chief Executive Authority of the varsity.

Dr R.N. Pal was not available for comment. The Vice-Chancellor said he also did not know whether Dr Pal had submitted his explanation or not. He would verify it from the office tomorrow. He however said the letter had been sent to the Pro-VC in the interests of the institution and that such letters had been sent to other functionaries also to tone up the administration.

Dr Ahluwalia said as the Pro-VC was not sending any report of his movements it caused difficulties in the holding of various meetings which could not be attended by him. He said on many occasions he had come to know about the movements of the Pro -VC afterwards only.

The VC also claimed that it was essential for the Pro-VC to take permission for tours since Travelling Allowance and Dearness Allowance bills were cleared only if permission had been taken for the tour for which money was claimed. “He has just been asked to obey rules and I hope he does so’’, Dr Ahluwalia added.

Meanwhile the Joint Action Committee (JAC), leading the agitation for Dr Ahluwalia’s removal, claimed that the VC had asked Dr Pal and other teachers to give explanations about their movements for a time when he himself was absent from duty. It alleged that the VC was absent from duty from March 3 to March 24.

The JAC in a letter to the varsity Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) J.F.R. Jacob requested to the let the public and the Punjabi University community know whether Dr Ahluwalia had got his tour programmes, including casual, medical and station leave, sanctioned from him for the period he was absent from the campus apprehending arrest in cases of rape and murder registered against him. The JAC also requested of the Chancellor whether during this period the VC was in touch with him and that by doing so he was discharging his official duties.

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