Published On: Sat, Jul 28th, 2012

NIT, Jamshedpur Professor on Indefinite Fast for salary due

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In a serious incident at NIT-Jamshedpur, one of the faculty members naming Prof Chandrasekhar Chaudhary  from metallurgical department has gone on indefinite fast protesting against delay in the release of his salary due for the last 2.5 years. He has decided to seek a police case against former directors of the institute, Dr Debashish Bhattacharya, former director in-charge A Mishra and senior administrators, Dr Ganpati Panda and Dr R J Singh.

Back in 2003, Prof Chaudhary had gone on study leave for pursuing Phd to IIT-Madras under Quality Improvisation Programme (QIP) of the department. However, he has to quit his studies mid-day due to spread of some misinformation by a section of the NIT administrators. The situation was further worsened when it took more than five years for him to get restored as the then NIT board of governors prevented him from rejoining the job citing one excuse or the other. But, finally in 2008, he was rejoined his job and after receiving the salary for few months only. After realizing that the four administrative officials have allegedly conspired to harass him he took up the matter with then Chief Minister Arjun Munda.

On the directive of Munda, SDO C K Singh probed into the matter. On finding the allegations of Chaudhary true he asked the district police to lodge cases against the four officials under SC/ST Act but till this day no case has been lodged, said the Professor. The incumbent in-charge of the institute, Dr S B L Sinha urged the professor to call off his strike assuring him of speedy redressal of his grievances. The present in-charge (of the institute) has no power to take a decision on my issue, said Prof Chaudhary who claimed that he will call off his fast only when his due salary is released and when cases against the said officials are lodged.