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NEHUTA fires another salvo at Srivastava

Shillong, Sep 15: The Teacher’s Association of North-Eastern Hill University (NEHUTA) has accused Vice-Chancellor Prof SK Srivastava of “misleading” the public in his attempt to justify the withholding of grants to NEHUTA.
It was reported yesterday that Srivastava had decided to withhold grants to the body because it had decided to boycott NEHU’s convocation.
However, in a press release today, NEHUTA asserted that call for a boycott arose after due to the VC’s “noncompliance with statute pertaining to holding of the convocation in 2018.”
The teachers’ body had even requested the VC to donate the grants meant for NEHUTA for the previous two years to the Prime Minister’s and Chief Minister’s relief funds to fight against Covid-19, but, “by showing utter lack of sensitivity, he even ignored this humanitarian call and thereby displayed arrogance of power before society.”
Srivastava has been involved in a prolonged battle against staff and students of the university. His term as VC ends on September 23 and the Joint Action Committee formed by students’ and teachers’ bodies are adamant that he not get a further time in charge of NEHU.
NEHUTA, in its letter, also claimed that Srivastava had held back gratuities of retired professors “out of vindictiveness”, which had led to legal procedures against him.
The release concluded by reiterating its demand that Srivastava not receive an extension in his term and that there by an investigation into “all the financial, administrative and academic infirmities” committed by the VC.
Meanwhile, the Meghalaya Tribal Teachers Association of NEHU resolved in its executive meeting yesterday to extend its support to the cause of the Joint Action Committee that is protesting against the possible extension of Srivastava’s term.