Governor glare on hire & fire

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has asked the higher education department to "take appropriate action" in the case of a microbiology teacher who was served a termination letter by Kalyani University within two days of his joining the department because his appointment was ostensibly the result of a clerical "mistake".

By Subhankar Chowdhiry
  • Published 21.08.18
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Sudipto Mandal

Kalyani: Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has asked the higher education department to "take appropriate action" in the case of a microbiology teacher who was served a termination letter by Kalyani University within two days of his joining the department because his appointment was ostensibly the result of a clerical "mistake".

Sudipto Mandal, who forfeited his research fellowship in Israel because of the job offer that never was, had written to governor Keshari Nath Tripathi last month seeking "appropriate action" for the injustice done to him.

He sought to know from the governor, who is also the chancellor of Kalyani University, "how an educational institute of such repute can play with someone's career and life".

An official in the chancellor's office said a communication to higher education secretary R.S. Shukla last week conveyed Tripathi's standpoint. "A copy of the letter that Mandal sent to the chancellor along with copies of newspaper reports narrating the details of the case have been sent to the department. We hope the department will send us a response at the earliest."

Shukla, who additionally functions as secretary to the chancellor, did not answer multiple calls from Metro.

Asked why the chancellor did not directly contact Kalyani University, the official said: "Since it is a state-funded university, we deemed it fit to contact the higher education department."

Mandal, who has a doctorate in microbiology from Calcutta University, had applied for the teaching job at Kalyani University in 2014. The interview call did not come until this year, by which time he had become a research fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He joined Kalyani University on July 16. Sankar Kumar Ghosh, the vice-chancellor, told him two days later that the university authorities had mistakenly issued the appointment letter to him instead of the selected candidate, Supratim Mandal.

"We would want the university to explain how Suditpo Mandal could have been mistaken for Supratim Mandal. The university would also need to mention if it plans to compensate Suditpo Mandal," an official in the higher education department said.