College principal removed after students protest: College teachers up in arms, pen down strike on Aug 25 - watsupptoday.com
College principal removed after students protest: College teachers up in arms, pen down strike on Aug 25
Posted 24 Aug 2017 12:49 PM

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Jammu and Kashmir government on Wednesday removed the principal of a women’s college which has been rocked by students protests for two days over the alleged imposition of “dress code” and “unnecessary diktats” by the management.
The government has also ordered an inquiry into the allegations of students against the principal of the government college here.
“Pending inquiry into the matter, Anita Sudan Principal government college for women, Parade Jammu is hereby attached with Director College Higher Education department with immediate effect,” Additional Secretary, Higher Education Department, Mohammad Ashraf Hakak said in an order.
Geetanjali Andhotra had been posted as in-charge- principal of the college, he said. The Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Rajiv Rajan, said that a probe has been ordered and a senior officer has been put on the job. “We have ordered a probe. An officer has been assigned the task.

However, the principal has not been suspended,” the DC said.
Earlier, students of the Government Women’s College took to the streets for the second day today to press for removal of the principal, who had said that “wild allegations” had been leveled against her.
Sudan had claimed that she had taken several steps like strict adherence to the college uniform and timing on recommendations of the parents of several students after four women went missing in the recent past, of whom one was traced in Allahabad.
Joined by students of different colleges including leaders of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the protesting students including male members were stopped by the policemen at the main gate of the Deputy Commissioners office today, officials said. The students staged a sit-in and later met the DC.

They submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner highlighting various problems they were allegedly facing at the institute in the name of discipline besides the demand for the removal of the principal.
Later, students dispersed off peacefully after authorities held a closed-door meeting with some representatives of the protesting students, the officials said.
Meanwhile, All Jammu College Teachers Association, however, have expressed resentment on the action and criticised the concerned authorities for attaching the Principal without holding an inquiry.
“She was not proved guilty then how the department can attach her without holding a thorough probe into the incident,” V S Manhas, Association President in a statement issued here said.
He said that dress code (college uniform) is an old practice and it was nothing new.
“The College girls must come in uniform,” he added and supported the decision of the Principal for not compromising on part of the discipline.
“She has been made as the sacrificial goat,” they alleged.
The Association head said that the college teachers will go on one-day pen down strike on August 25 against the decision of the government.

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