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Saturday, June 09, 2007

College management denies facilities despite court orders teacher fighting for justice since 1991

Mangalore:A teacher is considered to be a catalyst in shaping future of students and is hence held in high regard. But here in Kudroli Narayana Guru College, where one of such teachers is struggling to get what legally belongs to her.

This is the tale of Shakunthala Kamath and her quest for justice since 1992 against the unjust college management which brushing aside the order of the Apex Court, still pays Kamath a salary of Rs 986 only.

Activist Narendra Nayak narrates, shakunthal joined the Narayana Guru College in 1989, right during the inception of the college as Political Science lecture. When the college begun in 1991, she was appointed with a monthly salary of Rs 1,000 Seeing the potential in Shakunthala she was soon appointed as probationary principal of the college in August 1991 and her salary was hiked to Rs 1,200. The same year when the Mangalore University Affiliation Committee members visited the college, they set a condition for renewal of affiliation.

The committee directed the college should have a permanent principal. Seeing that even after many months she was not paid university scale, Shakunthala told the Management that she wished to resign from the post of principal and wanted to continue as a professor.

On July 1992, G K Shenoy was appointed as Principal and Shakunthala was removed from the job. In 2000 Mangalore Education Appellate Tribunal gave judgement in favour of Shakunthala Kamath and ordered that she must be paid the university scale, the sum pending from 1992.

The management committee contested in the High Court and the Supreme Court, but the order of the Tribunal was upheld by both the courts and ordered that Shakunthala would continue to work as professor.

On April 2003, when she went to the College she was sent back saying there was no principal. Later principal Vasanth Kumar imposed conditions if she wanted to join the college again. Her salary was fixed at Rs 1,000 and was not provided with even basic facilities such as table and chair.

Shakunthala again went to the court of law against the decision and again the order was on her favour. It said that she must be appointed from 2005 November onwards.

But after appointment, the tale of insults persists and she was given a peon’s chair outside the office. Shakunthala went to the High Court where it ordered that she must be provided with a decent working enviornment and to provide her an office.

At present Shakunthala has urged Women’s Commission to take up the issue. As of now, she continues to fight her battle for justice.

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