PUNE: Ashok Patil, a physically disabled student pursuing his Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD), has submitted a complaint to Savitribai Phule Pune University against his guide for not signing his stipend form for two consecutive months.

Patil’s guide, Balasaheb Sonawane, told varsity authorities, that he wasn’t sincere towards his work and had failed to update him about his thesis’ progress. Sonawane also told them that with no progress in sight on Patil’s work, signing the stipend form would be questionable.

With both the student and the guide not agreeing to a truce, the Hindi department’s head of the university, Sadanand Bhosale, suggested that the student change his guide. Patil said, “I immediately agreed to the HoD’s suggestion as I was harassed enough for getting one signature on the stipend application form. I registered for my PhD in June 2016 and since then I have been with him. But suddenly, for the past two months my guide refused to sign the form, so I had to report to the university about it.”

Patil has a disability in his legs. He alleged that he was made to wait by his guide at the door for two hours when he approached him for his signature.

When contacted by TOI, Sonawane, who is a professor at Camp Education Society’s Dr Arvind B Telang Senior College of Arts, Commerce & Science in Nigdi, said, “I have been telling Patil to update me about the progress he has made on his thesis for many days. I have not received any response from him about it. The university pays him a stipend after my approval. However, if Patil is not doing any work on his thesis, the university would question me about why I signed the form. He has been working on his thesis for the past one year and five months and still not collected basic information about the topic he is studying. This is unacceptable.”

Sonawane said when Patil was offered to change his guide, he willingly gave a ‘noobjection certificate’ to the university as he “no longer wants to work with Patil for performing poorly so far”.

Bhosale said, “We have an NOC from Patil too. We are checking the availability status of Hindi guides and in two days we shall make one available to Patil.”

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