Sinhgad Institute: Issue to date.

Reporting From Sinhgad Institute, Pune, MH, IN.

Launched in 1993, Sinhgad Institutes has grown into a group of 85 institutes and 15 schools offering courses ranging from disciplines like Management, Engineering, Pharmacy, Architecture, Law, Hotel Management, Arts, Commerce, Science and Doctoral programs, as well as Health Sciences covering Medical, Dental, Nursing & Physiotherapy. Their vast variety of courses coupled with the highly admired infrastructure provides education to more than 90,000+ students annually.

Taking forward its legacy of providing excellence in education, seven colleges from the Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES) have been conferred with Grade ‘A’ in the recently concluded survey by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). This accreditation has been awarded to the colleges in conclusion of the thorough research done which rated them highly on the council’s seven-point scale.

The colleges to receive ‘A’ grading in NAAC’s recommendation report are:

1) Sinhgad Academy of Engineering, Kondhwa
2) Sinhgad College of Engineering, Vadgaon
3) SKN Sinhgad Institute of Technology and Science, Lonavala
4) Sinhgad Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Technology, Lonavala
5) RMD Sinhgad School of Engineering, Warje
6) Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Vadgaon
7) SKN Sinhgad College of Engineering, Pandharpur – Korti, Pandharpur

December 2017: Teachers start Non-Cooperation strike against STES Management.

But things have been changed in Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES) lately with ongoing peaceful non-co-operation strikes against Sinhgad Technical Education Society’s (STES) management due to 15-month non-payment of salaries of the staff.

Things worsened to so bad that in the month of December that Maharashtra state’s Higher & Technical Education minister Mr. Vinod Tawde has stepped in to resolve this issue. He urged the management to resolve the matter or risk transfer of students to other colleges.

While the management issued a notification in December stating that salaries will be credited by 25th of every month till July 2018 by short-term borrowings, the staff remained unsatisfied with the response as there are other issues including arrears and pending salary.

Early February 2018: AICTE barred 22 colleges run by STES.

The Bombay High Court in interim order on Friday, 10 February 2018 stayed the All India Council for Technical Education’s (AICTE) order that barred 22 colleges run by Sinhgad Technical Education Society (STES) from conducting admissions in the next academic year, as the college management has been unable to pay the salaries for last 15 months.

Mid-February 2018: Prof. M. N. Navale addresses Student’s & Teachers.

In the middle of February Prof. M. N. Navale, Founder & President of Sinhgad Institutes addressed students and teachers at Sinhagad Campus, Vadgaon(BK), Pune, MH, IN. He urged students to start attending colleges and teachers to start taking classes regularly. He then goes on to assure students and teachers that their issues will be solved soon. But due to lack of trust on Institute Management and any specific written commitment, neither students nor teachers agreed to Prof. M. N. Navale.

Mid-February 2018: Sitaram Gosawi sits on fast until death.

Due to academic losses of students, Sitaram Gosawi, a fourth-year engineering student of Mechanical Branch from Lonavala campus of Sinhgad Institutes has sat on fast on to death in the SPPU campus to protest against the management of the college. In a comment to Hindustan Times on this issue STES management said, “We are deeply concerned for all our students and especially for Sitaram Gosawi. Fast unto death is an extreme step which no situation warrants. But in spite of all this, no one from STES management commented on when this issue will resolve?

Late-February 2018: Parents file complaint against STES Management.

Now the issue between STES Management and Teachers has taken new shape with students sitting on fast unto death and parents filing a complaint against STES management at Sinhgad road police station. The complaint was filled on the grounds that management took full tuition fees from students but it is not conducting lectures.

26 February 2018: Teachers claim money taken back from bank accounts.

Pune Mirror reported on 26 February 2018 that, Teachers are claiming that money is taken back by STES institute from their bank accounts if not withdrawn quickly. Pune Mirror further goes on by stating that Sachin Shinde, suspended professor from Sinhgad Technical Education Society’s (STES) Shrimati Kashibai Navale College of Engineering, said, “It was a regular practice that we used to get the salaries, but if we did not withdraw the salary in the next few days, the salary transaction would be reversed. I have faced the incident many times and a lot of my colleagues have undergone the same.”

On the same day, 26 February 2018, Hindustan Times Reported that Sinhgad staff is appealing to the government to appoint the government administrative authority in place of STES and also initiate a probe into financial irregularities of STES.

27 February 2018: “Sinhgad Institutes’ students to meet CM, Education Minister.
& Exams are Going to postpone” Pune Mirror.

In a report published on Pune Mirror, Vaidehi Raju stated: “MLA Medha Kulkarni, who is coordinating the meeting between a team of teachers, students & Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawad, ensured SPPU registrar gave a written assurance postponing the exams till proper lectures are conducted.”

No matter whether this issue gets resolved with management paying teachers their dues as early as possible or government taking further time to sort out the entire matter, it is a definite and clear thing that academic loss of students and their important time cannot be recovered by any means.

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