1. Dalit labourers case: Teacher sacked for raising voice at Indian Institute of Mass Communication

Dalit labourers case: Teacher sacked for raising voice at Indian Institute of Mass Communication

Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) sacked an academic associate, Narendra Singh Rao for allegedly backing 25 Dalit labourers working at the campus who were dismissed.

By: | Published: December 28, 2016 7:40 PM
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) sacked an academic associate, Narendra Singh Rao for allegedly backing 25 Dalit labourers working at the campus who were dismissed. (Website) Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) sacked an academic associate, Narendra Singh Rao for allegedly backing 25 Dalit labourers working at the campus who were dismissed. (Website)

Yet another incident comes to light where allegedly raising voice against wrongdoing results in expulsion. Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) sacked an academic associate, Narendra Singh Rao for allegedly backing 25 Dalit labourers working at the campus who were dismissed. Rao also objected appointment of course director. The institute has also debarred him from entering the campus premises, saying it would impair the peaceful atmosphere of the campus.

Rao was working as a contractual employee at the institute from 2010. He claimed that he was dismissed from the institute while he was on medical leave. On the other hand, the institute denied the allegations saying Rao’s termination was completely based on clause 1 of the service contract, which stated that the services of the employee can be terminated at any time without assigning any reason. The institute also said in a statement that while accepting the appointment, Rao duly put his endorsement on the terms and conditions.

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Rao told DNA,“I have been victimised for raising voice against the sacking of 25 Dalit employees working at the campus. Also, I objected the illegal appointment of a course director as she was neither qualified nor experienced for that post.”

Though IIMC rejected the allegations by Rao and cleared their part by saying that the administration had received complaints against him, accusing him of propagating indiscipline at the campus.

This is not the first time IIMC is accused of such crude behaviour. Earlier in the year, another incident took place where a faculty member accused IIMC of curbing voices of dissent on campus. An associate professor at IIMC, Amit Sengupta, resigned from the institute after he was transferred to Odisha, for allegedly supporting students of JNU, FTII and speaking about the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula at HCU.

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    Mayank Kumar
    Dec 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm
    Pending a formal communication, if required, on the basis of legal advice to be obtained, we are giving you an opportunity in good faith to correct factual inaccuracies as an immediate measure as we are compelled to bring to your notice the following factual inaccuracies in the report “Dalit labourers case: Teacher sacked for raising voice at Indian Insute of M Communication” which has been published in your online The Financial Express dated 28-12-2016.1. As incorrectly reported in the subject news story, there has not been any sacking of any dalit employees emplo by IIMC. Perhaps the alleged incident being misinterpreted and twisted for giving mischievious and damaging overtones and colour related to the Insute, following a due procurement process through open tender selected the lowest bidder for the purposes of providing manpower services for housekeeping and security services in the Insute. With this the contract of the previous contractor who had quoted a higher amount for his services in the tender came to an end. As such the new contractor emplo his own work force which factually also happens to predominately belong to the dalit community. As such the story on the basis of an unverified, bald statement without any doents to back made by a disgruntled, sacked former contract employee is not in keeping with the standards of a responsible news paper believing in the right tenants of ethical journalism, which we continue to believe your esteemed publication is renowned to maintain. As such it is requested that the story is immediately corrected in its on line version to provide clear and correct factual position as otherwise such a story has potential to create disaffection and unrest on caste lines being based on blatant falsehoods as it serves to perpetuate such falsehoods which acquire credibility in public mind because of publication in your esteemed news paper. We hope the prestige and trust ociated with your publication does not end up sanctifying blatant falsehoods which will have serious consequences in terms of unrest and potential breach of peace as the story is being misrepresnted by elements having malafide motives.2. The second incorrect and false major factor relates to the alleged “illegal appointment of the Course Director who is neither qualified nor experienced for that post”. In this respect it is to be pointed out that no formal appointment has been made of a Course Director as alleged or at all. Upon superannuation of an existing Course Director, another faculty member working at IIMC as full time ociate Professor has been given additional charge of Course Director till further necessary arrangements are made in this regard following due procedure. The person given the additional charge of the post of Course Director was appointed to the substantive post of ociate Professor in the year July 2014 after following all due process on the basis of qualifications advertised for the post. Additional charge has been given on the basis of work load and qualifications necessary to the discharge of Course Director as an additional charge from the existing pool of faculty in the Insute. As such a blatant falsehood has been insuniated which is per se defamatory in nature by a disgruntled, sacked former contract employee in order to foment unrest in the campus for colletaral purposes of creating unrest in the campus on lines of caste and other falsehoods. As such the w texture of the story including the head line would lack any basis in facts once this true and correct position on record in taken cognizence of. We hope and trust that you will immediately take corrective steps to put true and correct facts in public domain by immediately correcting the online version and would not allow after learning this true and correct facts, as otherwise the falsehoods would continue to perpetuate and get sanctified through the credibility of your esteemed publication which is otherwise well reputed for reporting true and correct facts after due diligence.Mayank Kumar AgrawalAdditional Director GeneralIIMC, New Delhi
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