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Lecturers Want The Staff To Do What’s Best In Interest Of USP

Eleven professors and associate professors at the University of the South Pacific want staff to do what is in the best interest of USP and nothing else. In a statement
11 Feb 2021 10:53
Lecturers Want The Staff To Do What’s Best In Interest Of USP

Eleven professors and associate professors at the University of the South Pacific want staff to do what is in the best interest of USP and nothing else.

In a statement to the media and staff, the united academics highlighted a culture of nepotism, alleged corruption, and intimidation under dispelled for Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia.

The academics commended the Government’s action on Prof Ahluwalia, who was deported last week.

“It is therefore not the place for the USP council to emit any opinion about Fiji’s sovereign decision. This also clearly illustrates the very thing that Fiji is denouncing in these events, namely that the debate has been brought on political grounds, which is not acceptable for USP,” they said.

The academics said throughout his time as Vice Chancellor there had been continuing evidence that he had been playing politics and looking for allies to divide and secure his position instead of pursuing an agenda for reform through consensus-building within the university.

The academics said the university was in disarray and with weeks before the start of classes everything was chaotic as the new operating procedures by Prof Ahluwalia were not clear and confusing.

“One might want to look at his achievements since he joined the university and ponder how much drainage of competence and financial capacity, he is responsible for,” they said in a statement.

“When he took office, the University budget was in a strong financial position and had achieved resounding success in the achievement of international accreditations for its programmes and was attracting considerable investment from international funding agencies for its research.

“The university is now in financial trouble, not least because of the lack of confidence arising from the constant internal divisions that Prof Ahluwalia has created and promoted.”

 

Call to stop Police presence.

Meanwhile, Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu is encouraging members of the University of the South Pacific staff unions to lodge a complaint at their nearest Police station, if they have any issues about safety.

University staff released a statement yesterday expressing their concern and disgust at the Police Force for interference and presence within the USP Laucala Campus.

The staff of USP are demanding a stop to Police presence on campus to allow them to work and prepare for the incoming students and the new semester ahead.

Feedback: shalveen.chand@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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