Madurai Kamaraj University Registrar in-charge R. Sudha registered a complaint on Wednesday against Professor and Head of Department, English Language Studies, V. Kalaiselvan, alleging violent behaviour and verbal abuse.
In her letter accessed by The Hindu, the Registrar in-charge said that the professor used abusive language against administrative staff in the department and tried to throw a chair from a higher floor but refrained after realising that he was being recorded on mobile phone. The Registrar in-charge, who was present at the scene, alleged that he used “unparliamentary language.”
The letter stated that staff members of the department had already raised several complaints against Mr. Kalaiselvan in the last four years; particularly, three letters were sent in July 2015. All letters pertained to Mr. Kalaiselvan locking up four rooms and removal of posters from the Department of French from the notice board in the School of English and Foreign Languages.
When contacted by The Hindu, Ms. Sudha said that she had raised the issue with the Vice-Chancellor and hoped that the matter would be resolved.
Refuting all allegations, Mr. Kalaiselvan said that Ms. Sudha had shifted rooms of her department between the School of English and Foreign Languages and School of Indian Languages without seeking his permission. He added that this issue had been recurring for many years. “The Nagamalai Pudukottai police have registered a CSR against Ms. Sudha; Ananth, Engineer; Ragul, Professor of French; Ranjith, Assistant Professor, and Maharajan, a temporary staff, for raising threats against me,” he said.
A total of 65 faculty members from the university also condemned the actions of Mr. Kalaiselvan and said that he be relieved from his current post of Chairman, School of English and Foreign Languages and Director in-charge of Human Resource Development Centre.
Vice-Chancellor M. Krishnan said that he had taken cognisance of Ms. Sudha’s complaint and would place the issue at the Syndicate meeting to be held on November 7.
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