SRINAGAR: The growing schism between Kashmir University vice-chancellor Prof Khurshid Andrabi and faculty members at Kashmir University came to the fore recently as the former relieved the head of department, History, eight months prior to his tenure expiry.
It was learnt that during a surprise visit to the department on the morning of June 13 last month, Andrabi found Parvez Ahmad Shah (HoD history) absent from the department and demanded an explanation from him.
In reply, Shah explained that he was very much present in the varsity inspecting the entrance examination centres and that it could be confirmed from Dean Commerce and Management Studies.
Apart from “policing attendance”, Shah’s in his explanation suggested the VC to “concentrate on other aspects of the KU including infrastructure, library projects and academics.” “It is encouraging that the VC is visiting departments for creating conducive atmosphere but the visit should not be confined to only policing attendance. Other aspects need attention otherwise the visit is a mere routine,” replied Shah.
The terse reply irked Andrabi as he charged Shah of resorting to “indiscipline and insubordination”. “It (Shah’s explanation) reflects blatant insubordination.Why you should not be removed for boldly propagating indiscipline,” reads the letter from Assistant Registrar Teaching, which was dispatched to Shah.
Accordingly, Prof M Y Ganaie was appointed as new HoD before the expiry of Shah’s term. Sources said when a delegation led by Kashmir University Teachers Union (KUTA) apprised Andrabi about the “unjust” decision he referred to explanation letter. An official said the decision was taken to “enforce accountability in the system because nobody can be allowed to resort to indiscipline”.
“If HoDs go missing from offices, it sends a bad signal among subordinates,” he said.
However, sources said another HOD was also asked to clear his position after being found missing from a Research Centre but he gave his explanation in a “polite” manner hence no action was initiated against him.
Andrabi termed the matter as an “administrative matter.”
Earlier, Director Institute of Kashmir Studies Prof Gul Mohammad Wani had submitted his put in his papers before the VC over Congress leader’s interference in the affairs of Centre. Prof Zafar Reshi, former Registrar, was also asked to resign from his post last month.