Himachal Pradesh University is mulling to forbid its faculties to dabble in politics. To do so HPU authorities have initiated a process for framing an ordinance by consulting other universities in the country where teachers cannot join politics.
Vice-Chancellor of the HPU, ADN Bajpai has constituted a three-member committee which will study all aspects and then recommend framing an ordinance, which currently grants liberty to the teaching community to be politically active and also contest the Assembly elections. Prof OP Chauhan from the Law Department is heading the three-member committee, and apart from him, Prof Kamal Manohar Sharma and the Assistant Registrar (Administration) are appointed as its members.
The recommendations of the committee will be placed before the executive council for approval before it is sent to the Governor. Several universities, including those in Madhya Pradesh, have banned politics for teachers.
If it becomes law, then it will be difficult for Prof Amar Singh Pal (Law) and Pramod Sharma (Management) and many other, who had contested the Assembly elections unsuccessfully earlier and also planning to contest this time as well.