Sevak Vihar liquor party: UoP panel

To ensure its strong say in the management of Sevak Vihar (University Club), the University of Pune has set up a committee to look into the working of the Club.

The university took this step after a report was published in Newsline on January 18 about a liquor party organised on January 17 during a wedding function of a relative of a university staffer. The incident had evoked sharp reactions from the academic circle, especially students staying on the university campus.

"At present, the university administration has no administrative control over the Sevak Vihar since it is governed and managed purely by elected members among staff. The committee formed by us will look into the existing governing structure of the institution and recommend measures to have varsity's major say in the Vihar," said UoP Vice-Chancellor Wasudeo Gade on Tuesday.

Students had taken up the issue with university officials and demanded strong action against those concerned. The authorities concerned sought details of the incident from office bearers of Sevak Vihar as well as security department after Newsline pursued the issue with the university administration.

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Commenting on the stiff opposition by teachers' association regarding the forthcoming academic workshop of principals being held at Mahabaleshwar through university funds, Gade said the choice of venue could be reconsidered. "I will go through the objections raised by the teachers' union," Gade said. Newsline on Tuesday had reported about the heat building over the proposed workshop with teachers' union accusing the organisers of splurging university funds for the event.

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