Bengaluru’s Christ college’s sacked economics professor in a recent interview has called the head of the institution “autocratic”. The professor was allegedly forced to hand over his resignation after he refused to comply with the newly enforced rules. He expressed his concerns about the rules being too stringent in the new campus. He had been working in the University for 8 months but the real problem cropped up after he joined the new campus 2 months ago. In accordance to the new rules, announced during a faculty meeting on July 25, Social Sciences students were required to follow the rules, earlier applicable to management students; such as a dress code and 85% attendance. The professor said that he was in opposition of the rule on all departments in the new campus. He believes that there is a difference between different branches of study. Considering social sciences students as free thinkers, he said that they are not required to sit for corporate jobs and don’t necesarily need to be shaved.
The teacher was also against the management’s decision of making teachers announce the new rules to the students. He was of the opinion that the authority should inform the students directly instead of the teachers doing the same in class as it was irrelevant and often caused the students to retaliate in the classroom.
During the same time, a student’s blog titled “Dear Christ University, I cannot fly”- went viral. On July 27, the professor shared the link on the teachers’Whatsapp group stating his concers and frustration at the situation. The next day, he was asked to hand over his resignation in a meeting, without proving any reasons for the same.
Earlier students had gone on silent protests against the University’s decision to work on a day of strike. Various blog posts have also gone viral, stating the same concerns of chaining down students from expressing their creativity. Students are also allegedly banned from organising or attending any meeting without the VC’s permission.
FR Abraham V J, Pro-chancellor of Christ University denied all allegations saying that only some students were having problems and things will be “straightened”. He added that the protesters were new admissions and were resisting.