‘We acted on dons because students wanted them out’ – Rajiv

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Students are vital asset at victoria university – Rajiv

Latest info emerging to us has it that Victoria University Kampala Director Rajiv Ruparelia took action against lecturers and dons because students were not satisfied with what they were offering and wanted them out.

Sources at Jinja Road Victoria Towers based University say the Guild President wrote to Rajiv Ruparelia asking him to take action against lecturers and dons at the institution, it has emerged.

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In the letter, the students’ body further claimed that lecturers were not listening to their concerns.

“Our university administrators are no longer approachable. They don’t interact with us to address our concerns,” the students reported.

They further said the dons were coming late for lecturers while others would deliberately dodge duty.

Rajiv was quoted in the media this week as saying he would do everything in his means to restore the University’s glory.

He further said his action was premised on the students’ call for intervention.

“I will not allow dons to run the university as they want. The most important people in the university are the students. If the students have written a formal complaint that the dons are not doing their jobs right, what am I to do?” he added.

Rajiv 2nd from the Left with other family members
Rajiv 2nd from the Left with other family members

The administrators had argued that Rajiv had taken over the running of the University operations.

They claimed this was in breach of laws governing tertiary institutions in Uganda.

When the dons refused to turn up for duty, they got fired because Rajiv reasoned out that if he hesitated, students would take to the streets.

“The acting vice chancellor, deans and heads of department resolved not to report for work effective November 1, 2016. Consequently, they have breached their contract of employment and constructively dismissed themselves from the university service,” wrote Dr David Byatike Matovu, the chairman of the university’s governing council.

Some of the officials accused of breaching their contracts are Dr Patience Muwanguzi (Dean of Public Health), Mr Maximus Byamukama (Dean of Faculty of Science and Technology) and Dr Martha Kibuuka-Musoke (Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences).

The University administrators say their commitment  to the advance higher education in the country and the East African region by establishing exemplary, specialised and employment-oriented education was in danger had the sacked dons stayed.

The University is run by the Ruparelia Group which is notable in the education sector in Uganda and has under its portfolio the renowned Kampala International School Uganda, Delhi Public School International Uganda and Kampala Parents’ School.

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Meanwhile the University management congratulated their former Vice Chancellor Dr Stephen R. Isabalija who was on Friday appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development. “We as Victoria University do congratulate our Former Vice Chancellor on his appointment today to the position of Permanent Secretary: Energy and Mineral Development Ministry.

As a university that runs a department of Petroleum and Energy Studies, we wish to applaud his appointment and also re-echo his message. That education promotes active participants in transforming societies and we believe he will make a great contribution to the Energy sector as he has done in the past.

Congratulations from the team at Victoria”.

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