Students of Magadh Mahila College, Patna carried out a massive protest on Friday, from their college to Patna University office. They demanded the reinstatement of thier Principal Prof. Shashi Sharma who had earlier submitted her resignation after the university demoted her from the post of professor to the status of a reader, or Assistant Professor.
With the slogan , “We Want Shashi Ma’am”, girls marched towards the Patna University gate and sat on a dharna demanding Prof. Sharma be reinstated or they would boycott their classes until the demand was fulfilled. Officials tried to placate the students but they refused to budge until a student delegation was allowed to meet the Vice Chancellor of Patna University , who said that the matter was not in his hand any longer as he had referred it to the Governor’s office , who was the final authority in matters like these.
According to the sources , Prof. Sharma, enraged by her demotion on technical grounds, resigned from her post of The Principal of Magadh Mahila College , which was accepted by the Patna University. Later , she changed her mind and wanted to withdraw her resignation. Her request was denied by the university officials on the grounds that they were waiting for instructions from the Governor’s office. However , Prof. Sharma said that she was instructed by the Governor’s office to withdraw her resignation but the university officials did not allow her to do so because of ‘her caste’.
Prof.Sharma was promoted under the Merit Promotion Scheme from her readership position to the position of a professor in the Political Science department , on October 7, 2013. Later in a case filed in the Patna High Court, it was ordered to carry out a review of her promotion due to irregularities in the system. The review committee then found her promotion to be faulty on technical grounds and advised Prof. Sharma be demoted back to her previous position of a reader. On June 30 2018, the Patna University Syndicate issued the order for her demotion that led Prof. Sharma to resign from her post.
Meanwhile, Prof. Bina Rani of the Chemistry department has been appointed as the new Principal of Magadh Mahila College until the matter gets sorted out.