We the students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences – School of Rural Development Tuljapur would like to bring to your attention the present academic anarchic condition on campus. On 28/12/2012 it came to our knowledge that three teachers are terminated from the Institute. The terminated teachers are Dr. Suresh Madhavan, Dr. Bindu K.C., Ms. Nilanjana Sengupta. Termination of these teachers will affect the students’ academics drastically and we as students want to raise the following issues regarding this extreme step by the administration.
The issues raised by the students are as follows:
1. Teaching with excellence- These teachers have been extremely committed to their teaching sessions and have contributed not only in building a strong theoretical basis in their academic subjects but have also immensely contributed to the intellectual growth of students. Teaching imparted by these teachers inspire and motivate the students to respond to the changing social realities and work towards creating a people centred, ecologically sustainable society that promotes and protects the dignity, equality, social justice and human rights for all with special emphasis on the marginalised and vulnerable groups of the society such as Women, SC, STs etc which is the primary vision and mission of this socially responsible institute.
2. Their contribution to the institute- While being extremely responsible and student welfare driven faculties these faculties have made remarkable contributions for the growth and development of this Institute. Ms. Nilanjana Sengupta has designed a special course ‘Understanding Gender’. Dr. Suresh Madhavan has also played an important role in structuring and course designing for various courses (Technology and Development, Philosophy of Social Sciences).Dr. Bindu K. C. has played a very significant role in designing the English Course for BASS which facilitates the understanding of all other core courses communicated in English which was a great benefit for BASS students. Ms. Nilanjana has organised several workshops and two national level seminars, one on deserted and single women and the second on gender and labour. Dr. Bindu K.C and Dr. Suresh are also organising a seminar on rethinking social sciences. Since this academic year various researchers have also come to Tuljapur and presented seminars. The students have benefited immensely from such academic engagements.
3. Academic Loss of Students – These three teachers are engaging classes for core courses for all batches on campus (BSS, BSW, MASW I and MASW II). These courses are partially completed by these faculties and major portions of the courses are left. They are also dissertation and seminar guides for a lot of students. This termination of teachers will disturb the teaching learning flow for students and their contribution to the dissertation and seminar’s of students as guides is indispensible and for them it will be impossible to cope with the situation at this crucial deadline period of submissions. No substitution can replace or compensate for the time and hard work put in by these teachers and their respective students on dissertations and seminars. In such a crucial period and also considering the fact of TISS SRD having less number of course teachers, termination of these faculties will cause a huge academic loss for students and hamper their studies and career.
Termination of these excellent teachers causes loss not only for the present batches but will be a grave loss for the institution as a whole. This issue requires immediate attention and prompt action as the repercussions of this extreme step by the administration on students’ academics are unbearable. We the students of TISS SRD do not support this step of the administration and we don’t want to lose such valuable faculty members. Please understand the seriousness of this issue on behalf of the academic loss and consider students academics loss with priority basis for any action taken by the administration.