Students of Presidency University protest the transfer of Pappu Singh on Thursday. Picture by Pradip Sanyal
Presidency University has suggested to the education department that it shift 31 non-teaching employees who had sought a transfer before sending out guard Pappu Singh and three others from the institution.
Singh, who has been serving the institution for the past 15 years and whose father and grandfather were also guards at the erstwhile Presidency College, was transferred along with three other employees on Tuesday.
The move to shift him to a college in Jhargram has been perceived as a punishment posting for the guard who had pointed the finger at outsiders carrying Trinamul flags for campus vandalism on April 10.
Vice-chancellor Malabika Sarkar on Thursday said the registrar had given her a note highlighting the acute staff crunch in the university and the list of non-teaching staff who had sought to move out to some other college.
“Pappu and the three others (who were transferred) are not part of the 31. The note says those who had opted for a transfer should be shifted first. I have forwarded the note to education minister Bratya Basu for his consideration,” she said.
The list includes two guards posted in Hindu hostel who want to move out but have not been transferred yet. “Transferring them would allow the university to retain Singh,” a university official said.
The 31 employees had sought transfer about a fortnight ago by appealing to the director of public instruction.
Sarkar said the university has sought to bring to notice the plea of the 31 employees and the staff crunch in the institute, though the government has the prerogative to transfer any employee of a state-run college.
The university’s suggestions were sent in a letter to the education department on Thursday after students protested over Singh’s transfer.
The government has transferred guard Singh despite an order that allowed him to choose within September 18 to stay in the institution or seek a transfer.
A government order on April 22 gave the non-teaching staff the option of staying back at Presidency, following its upgrade to a university, or shifting to some other institution.
Pragya Debnath, a postgraduate student of Bengali, said: “Pappuda shielded us when Trinamul goons stormed the campus. Later, he gave a statement that the attackers were carrying Trinamul flags. This vindictive transfer has to be stalled.”