Maharashtra governor and chancellor of all universities in the state K Sankaranarayanan on Thursday asked Mumbai University vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar to resolve the Prof Neeraj Hatekar issue amicably “at the earliest”.
The governor has called Welukar to Raj Bhavan on Thursday evening seeking explanation from him on the two-week long issue after the suspension of professor Neeraj Hatekar.
The issue has sparked a country-wide debate, denting the varsity’s image considerably.
Welukar reportedly explained to the governor the circumstances leading to the suspension of Hatekar. “He was told by the governor that the issue arising out of the suspension of Prof Hatekar must be resolved in an amicable manner at the earliest,” stated a release of the Governor house.
Welukar didn’t respond to several calls. Hatekar, known for his good research and rapport with students, has levelled charges of irregularities in the appointment of teachers, members of various bodies.
The Mumbai University has directed the economics department to arrange for lectures which were discontinued after the suspension of professor Hatekar.
Meanwhile, the students have decided to go on a hunger-strike from Monday.
Launching a scathing attack on Welukar, Yuva Sena chief Aditya Thackeray said, “If Welukar can’t handle the situation, he must leave. We don’t need him.” Aditya was speaking to media persons in Alibaug.
The VC has called a meeting of the management council on January 18 to discuss the issue of Professor Hatekar.