Newman college Principal equally responsible

Noted educationist Father Harshan Pazhayattil Thursday said the Principal of the Newman College, Thodupuzha is equally responsible for letting Prof T J Joseph prepare a question paper which offended the Muslim community.

Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 16:16 PM IST

Thrissur: Noted educationist and founder
director of the Prajyoti Niketan College at nearby Pudukad, Father Harshan Pazhayattil, Thursday said the Principal of the
Newman College, Thodupuzha cannot be absolved of the
responsibility of the offence committed by Prof T J Joseph,
who prepared a question paper which allegedly hurt the
religious sentiments of the Muslim community.

The principals of the colleges affiliated to the
Universities were responsible for the activities of the staff
under the principle of `Vicarious Liability` of the Civil Law,
Father Pazhayattil, perhaps, the only doctorate holder in
India in the Holistic Approach in Medicine, Education and
Social Change, told reporters here.

Pazhayttil, who is also the manager of the College at
Pudukad said that if the teaching and non-teaching staff acted
with `ulterior motives`, the principal cannot not be
responsible.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)
team visited his college on Sept 13 and 14 and
appreciated the activities there.

The team has requested the management to apply for
Autonomous University status, he said adding, the college
wanted it to be an Independnt University.
The Banares Hindu University and the Aligarh Muslim
University are the only two Independent Universities in
country, he said.

PTI