Amid on-line campaigns supporting a former assistant professor of St Xavier’s College, who claimed that she was compelled to give up her job over a few of her Instagram pictures in a swimsuit, its vice-chancellor, Father Felix Raj, has rebuffed the allegation and stated that it was “humiliating to imagine” the establishment would accomplish that.
In a press release, Mr Raj stated that the college “believes in preserving and sustaining the dignity and honour of its lecturers, employees members, college students and others related with it”.
The 31-year-old PhD holder, who had joined the privately run autonomous establishment in Rajarhat in August 2021, had advised PTI that she was accused of sharing “inappropriate” pictures of her on Instagram by an inside disciplinary committee of the college, consisting of feminine college members, the VC and registrar amongst others.
The lady additionally said that the committee, in the course of the assembly held final October, advised her such pictures may have antagonistic influence on a bit of male college students and their mother and father.
The instructor, who has filed a police grievance within the matter, alleged that she was “compelled to resign” after being proven printouts of a few of her Instagram pictures and advised that the daddy of one of many undergraduate college students had taken up the matter with college authorities after discovering his son “staring” on the pictures.
Strongly rebutting the cost, the vice-chancellor of St Xavier’s College advised PTI that the institute respects privateness of every of its stakeholders.
“It could kindly be particularly famous that St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, has not compelled any instructor to resign. And it’s most humiliating to even assume that St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, would pressure any instructor to resign,” he stated in a press release issued just lately.
He urged media individuals, social media customers and others to not “malign” the institute.
“It has been noticed that in previous couple of days there are specific statements and write-ups in social media platform and publications in print media by unilaterally naming St Xavier’s College, Kolkata and its sure officers and lecturers relating to some alleged compelled resignation of a college instructor, though there is no such thing as a point out concerning the identification of the instructor.
“Pointless to say that you simply your self will agree and admire that the college all the time believes in preserving and sustaining the dignity and honour of all its lecturers, employees members, college students and others related with it, previous and current,” the assertion stated.
The instructor, whereas speaking to PTI, had stated that the pictures proven to her within the interdisciplinary committee assembly have been those that she had shared within the ‘story part’ of Instagram in 2020, and puzzled how did the college or anybody else get entry to them as they have been meant to final on the app just for 24 hours.
“The thumbnails within the printout confirmed to me in the course of the October 7 assembly (final 12 months) have been certainly my pictures taken in a lodge overseas earlier than I had joined the establishment. It was from an Instagram story shared with my buddies in early 2020, which can’t be seen by any guardian or his son. It may be seen for under 24 hours. And none of those folks have entry to my account,” she had stated.
She maintained that no one else may determine what she needs to be sporting in her non-public life.
The instructor, who didn’t want to be recognized, added that she needed to resign regardless of having submitted a letter of apology for “inappropriate conduct”, if any, hurting the picture of the establishment.
The VC, nonetheless, vehemently denied the fees.
He advised PTI there had not been any occasion of any college member being requested to resign, however there was a gathering certainly, involving an assistant professor, in first week of October, the place she herself had confirmed that a number of college students and guardians have been following her Instagram posts.
“She had herself apologised in a letter for any conduct in public area that was accessible to college students which could not be applicable for a instructor, the very subsequent day. By the tip of October, 2021, she despatched a resignation letter to the college. That was over eight months again. The college is pained to return throughout malicious costs all off a sudden now,” Mr Raj stated. He stated St Xavier’s “all the time stood for liberal values and by no means imposed any ethical code of conduct on its college, college students and employees members”.
A number of social media customers have come out in assist of the instructor, after the story was shared by information retailers. An internet marketing campaign in search of motion within the matter has garnered over 24,000 signatures up to now.
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