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Between The Lines
September 12
10:32 2018

Acting Vice-Chancellor

There seems to be a new twist in the University of Fiji row over the controversial clock-in and clock-out order.

The question is: On whose authority was Chair Anil Tikaram appointed acting Vice-Chancellor for one month while acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Narendra Reddy went on leave.

It has emerged that Mr Reddy appointed Mr Tikaram.

In a Memo to staff dated July 31, 2018, Mr Reddy said: “This is to advise that as from August 1 2018, Mr Anil Kumar Tikaram (Chair of the University Council) will assume the responsibilities of the Vice-Chancellor. He will be in this position until my return from leave on September 3, 2018. Please should you have any matters relating to the Office of the Vice-Chancellor between now and September 3 raise it directly to Mr Tikaram with copy to me….”

The University of Fiji Decree states that the Vice Chancellor is appointed by the Council, not by the Acting VC.

The Decree at section 10 (8) says the VC shall be appointed by the Council on the recommendation of a Joint Committee of the Council and the Senate established for the purpose by the Council.

Thus an ‘Acting VC’ cannot appoint a VC, as Narendra Reddy did on the date given as per letter to All Staff.

Does this mean that all decisions of the assumed VC would be “null and void” including the clock-in and clock-out directive issued  while Mr Tikaram held the office of the Acting VC (chief executive officer of the university).

DUSTY cargo

Concerns have been raised about some trucks carrying some toxic cargo from the main wharf in Suva. They sometimes go past one LTA checkpoint spilling their dusty cargo on the roads. They are loaded to the top of the tray all the way to a factory through populated areas.

They should be made to clean all the culverts because during heavy rain all of that spilled cargo on the main road will go down the culverts and block them and cause flooding damaging property.

RFMF units ready

All soldiers of the battalions of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) are ready to offer help if they are needed. Their readiness is declared after Land Force Commander Colonel Manoa Gadai’s completed his Operational Readiness Check (ORC) in all barracks around the country.



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