Over 250 NIPER students hold protest: Want terminated teachers back into service
Tribune News ServiceMohali, March 28
High drama was witnessed at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) when around 250 students staged a dharna in front of the entry gate of the institute and started raising slogans against its director today evening.
Termination of services of Professor Dr Prikshit Bansal by Dr KK Bhutani, director of the institute, this evening was the reason behind the protest.
“Dr Bansal was whistleblower and was trying to unearth prevailing corruption and embezzlement of funds by the management of the institute. We are on strike till the removed teachers will not be taken back into service," said the agitated students, who gathered in front of the entry gate as soon as Dr Bansal was given the letter of his dismissal today.
Dr KK Bhutani said the allegations being levelled against him were wrong. He asked the students that they should make a delegation and could check records tomorrow morning to ascertain the facts.
“It (decision of removal of the professor) was the decision of the board. You can come to me tomorrow to check the records,” said Dr Bhutani while trying to pacify the agitated students.
Dr Bansal said he was made a target as he used to seek information about receiving and spending of funds from the government. “Huge corruption prevails here. A civil writ petition and a PIL have already been filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court in this regard. You see, Rs 13 crore have been sanctioned on a project, proposed by me. How can they terminate my services?, said Dr Bansal. Agitation was on till the filing of the report.