About 500 staff of the University of the South Pacific and members of the USP Students Association want the USP Vice-Chancellor Pal Ahluwalia to remain in office and to be assessed based on his Key Performance Indicators.
Staff representative, Elizabeth Fong says Usp has about 1,400 staff and more than 40 percent of the staff want Vice-Chancellor Ahluwalia to remain in office.
She says Ahluwalia had found out that there were governance issues when the previous Vice-Chancellor was in office.
Fong says there should no interference.
The USP Students Association says they will not hesitate to join member countries to initiate USP council proceedings to remove Pro-Chancellor Winston Thompson should he continue to allegedly defy council resolutions and allegedly act against the intents of the USP Council.
They want the commission appointed by the USP Council to complete their appointed task and allow Vice-Chancellor Ahluwalia to carry out his tasks and responsibilities without undue interruption from Thompson and his associates.
Spokesperson Aneet Kumar stresses that the biggest victims out of this power struggle in the university are the students.
USP Pro Chancellor Winston Thompson left the Executive Committee meeting in the last hour and may return later.
Thompson says it is up to the council whether he should be dismissed or not and he hopes people base their concerns on facts.
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