December 14, 2016 4:20:47 am
A Pune-based organisation Sajag Nagarik Manch has alleged that the Vice-Chancellor of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Wasudeo 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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Right to Information (RTI) activist Atul Bagul made the allegations at a press conference here based on the information he had obtained under the RTI from the offices of the Governor of Maharashtra, the SPPU and several others which find reference in Gade’s biodata.
Demanding that a fact-finding committee be appointed to probe the matter, Bagul has alleged that Gade submitted information which was partially or completely false, apparently, to “strengthen his biodata”.
Bagul’s allegations include the four awards which Gade claimed he had received, which, as per Bagul, are not “awards” but merely “merit promotion and scholarships”.
As per his biodata, Gade had worked as an Associate Professor at the BR Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research, University of Delhi, between July 1996 and June 2003. However, the same bio-data claims that he was working as Scientist E1 and E2 from May 1983 to April 1988 and as Scientist C between May 1993 and 2003.
“Both these posts are full-time employment and, as all of us are aware, one person cannot hold two full-time employments at once. Since Gade did not have sufficient teaching experience (15 years) for the job he made it up,” said Bagul.
As per Bagul, although Gade had mentioned three research patents, only two are traceable. The third patent, Bagul added, was applied for but has not been granted yet.
“The research papers that he (Gade) had mentioned doesn’t hold his name as a principal author or even a reference author. He had also mentioned about the projects that have never been executed in the department of Biotech at SPPU during his tenure as a professor. Dr Gade’s claim that he had attended about 30 workshops/seminars/conferences had also been proved wrong, as the same conferences are named differently,” alleged Bagul.
Meanwhile, Gade has vehemently denied the allegations, terming them “false and unfortunate”.
“There’s no truth in these allegations and it’s very unfortunate that they are being levelled against me. I have worked for the university with utmost honesty and I can rebut the allegations point by point,” Gade told the Newsline.
On the possible motive behind these allegations, especially when his tenure is at its fag end, he said only those who have levelled the allegations can tell.
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