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DSW seeks affidavit, mobile call records, offends MLSU employees

Udaipur : A letter from the Dean, Student Welfare of Mohanlal Sukhadia University issued to all deans and directors of the institution on Thursday seeking affidavits and three months call records details has drawn wide criticism from the employees. Critics claimed it an unconstitutional act and said it is beyond the power of DSW to intrude in the private life of the employees. Meanwhile the dean said it is only a mechanism to find out who are the persons who are attempting to disturb the peaceful conduct of academic activities.

“It is not any kind of autocracy but a simple attempt to find out about particular students if they are in too much of conversation with specific teacher or staff of the university. Sukhadia ji had been the longest ruling chief minister of Rajasthan and the program was to commemorate his contribution towards the state. But unfortunately, some elements do not want to see the smooth conduct of such programs and hence they have to be penalised” DSW, Prof MS Dhaka said.

The root of the issue was  non attendance of large number of employees of various colleges affiliated to the varsity in a lecture organized every year to commemorate former Chief Minister Sukhadia’s birth anniversary.The lecture was scheduled on July 31 at the university’s guest house auditorium and during the program some students protested outside and raised slogans against the vice chancellor. DSW  issued notices to all the deans and directors seeking explanation for the non attendance of employees and teaching staff in the program.

Also he said that there could be role of some employees and staff behind the student’s agitation intheir motive for trying to create disturbance in the educational atmosphere of the varsity. The DSW demanded affidavits from employees on 50 rupees non judicial stamp stating non indulgence in such act as well as attach call record details for three months from them in support of their affidavits. The letter drew wide criticism from various quarters claiming that it is an outright attempt of invasion of privacy. 

“The DSW has no powers under the  University Act-1962 to issue such notice.  He can only advice the employees to be present in university programs but cannot compel anyone for attendance. Seeking call details records is also unconstitutional and we strongly condemn the act” Prof Anand Paliwal, Dean Law college told Udaipur Kiran.

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