Dalit bodies, students and staffers come in support of Vice-Chancellor

Dalit bodies, students and staffers come in support of Vice-Chancellor

TWO DAYS after allegations were made against the Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Wasudeo Gade, for allegedly submitting ‘false and misleading’ biodata at the time of his appointment, members of many Dalit organisations from across the city, students and teachers visited the varsity to show support for the vice-chancellor. Gade had vehemently denied the allegations, terming them “false and unfortunate”.

The organisations held a meeting with the vice-chancellor and raised slogans in his favour, claiming that Gade is being targeted since he is a Dalit. On December 13, a Pune-based organisation Sajag Nagarik Manch had organised a press conference claiming that Gade had ‘fabricated’ data on the number of research papers he has authored, his teaching experience, conference attended etc.
RPI leader Parshuram Wadekar blamed the activists for putting out data without verification of facts. “During his four-and-a-half years’ tenure as vice-chancellor, Gade has taken many important decisions that were supported by people. Just by getting certain information under the RTI and putting out claims will not defame the V-C. We have come to express our solidarity as Gade belongs to Dalit community and we don’t want his morale affected by such allegations,” he said.

Rahul Dambhade of the Republican Yuva Morcha said, “It is a conspiracy to defame Gade just before his tenure ended so that he doesn’t get important postings in future.”

“These allegations have been levied with a casteist motive. We are going to meet the governor and education minister and if satisfactory response is not given, we will intensify our agitation,” said Ashok Kamble of Lok Janshakti Party.

Besides a delegation of students, senior teachers and staffers, led by Gajanan Ekbote, chairman of Progressive Education Society, also met Gade to express support. Based on information obtained under the RTI from the offices of the Governor of Maharashtra, the SPPU and several others, a Pune-based organisation Sajag Nagarik Manch had alleged on Tuesday that the Gade had submitted a “false and misleading” biodata to the Governor’s office at the time of his appointment in May 2012. Gade is scheduled to retire in May 2017.

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