3-member committee to investigate allegations against UoP professor

Aug 24, 2012, 06:51 IST | Niranjan Medhekar

A day after the students of University of Pune (UoP) protested against Assistant Professor Santaosh Kamble from the Department of Physical Education, accused of misbehaviour, on Wednesday UoP Vice-Chancellor Dr W N Gade set up a three-member committee to probe into allegations levelled against Kamble yesterday.

The committe will also decide the future course of action if the assistant professor is proven guilty. Kamble has been accused of misbehaving with woman students and assaulting one of his colleagues. Students had protested against his misbehaviour and demanded stringent action against him. Sources in the varsity said the formation of the committee was an outcome of the pressure the V-C was subjected to from students and faculty alike.

Day two: Physical education students at a protest against Santosh Kamble at the university main building yesterday. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

“Former Vice-Chancellor Dr Arun Adsul, Prof Shruti Tambe and Prof K R Gawai will be the members of this committee. The committee will submit its report in the next 15 days,” confirmed Gade. Kamble has sent on a 15-day compulsory leave. “He will not come to the department till the final report is out,” Gade said.

Students form the Physical Education Department once again bunked lectures and gathered outside varsity’s main building and shouted anti-Kamble slogans yesterday. They gave the varsity officials time till tomorrow to sack terminate Kamble’s employment.

Students said they would lodge a police complaint against Kamble if he was not sacked by tomorrow. “Varsity administration is unnecessarily backing Kamble sir. We have proofs against him, which include indecent text messages and social networking posts, among others.

We’ll wait till Saturday. We will seek police help and file a complaint against Kamble if he isn’t sacked by then,” one of the students said. “This three-member committee includes professors from the varsity itself. There is every possibility of manipulation. Hence we don’t want to wait for another 15 days. If no action is taken till tomorrow, we’ll approach the police.” 

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