Thursday, August 18, 2011

Professor Wadan Narsey Forced out of USP

Posted on Coup Four Point Five - 18 August 2011

Renowned academic Professor Wadan Narsey, who lectured at University of the South Pacific for 30 years, has been forced to resign from his post.

This is despite the USP announcing on Wednesday that Professor Narsey ended his employment at USP by mutual agreement. His resignation took effect immediately, on Wednesday. Sources say Professor Narsey's forced resignation is a direct attack on academic freedom in USP.

Professor Narsey acquired regional acclaim because of his work and principles. He is currently on a Sabbatical in Japan until November.

Sources have established that USP's Vice-Chancellor Rajesh Chandra did not stand up for Professor Narsey and followed a directive from the military regime's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum to get rid of him following a series of opinions criticising the regime and its policies.

Chandra did not defend academic freedom but told Professor Narsey to stop attacking the regime and its policies, sources say. This is despite the fact that Professor Narsey always based his opinion on facts and statistics, and offered alternatives.

On December 16, 2010, we reported that an academic's contract was not going to be renewed because he was exercising academic freedom and writing factual opinions; in other words providing an alternative to the heavily censored media dishing out regime's version of garbled truth while suppressing true information and problems that the country was facing.
Our  readers correctly established that the academic in question was Professor Narsey. But early this year, he was given a three year contract after appealing his case through USP's procedures.

Our sources have established that Aiyaz Khaiyum and the regime, while powerless to do anything or directly interfere in a regional institution, found another way to flex their corrupt muscles.

Fiji is the biggest financier of USP out of the member regional countries and Khaiyum together with dictator Frank Bainimarama decided to use the tactic of delaying release of money to get back at Professor Narsey through their puppet Vice Chancellor Rajesh Chandra. 

This year USP's allocation from Fiji was $36 million, according to the 2011 Budget. We have established that the regime has withheld $24 million and has decided to only release the money after Professor Narsey's removal. 

Rajesh Chandra used this reason to put pressure on Professor Narsey, and ignore the fact that the delay in release of money to USP was not because of Professor Narsey but that the regime is scraping the bottom of the barrel and is borrowing beyond its means to survive - as pointed out by Professor Narsey

It was therefore only a matter of time before Rajesh Chandra, a long-time friend of Professor Narsey, deserted his colleague and trashed academic freedom to secure his own status with Khaiyum and Bainimarama.

  • Tomorrow - What Rajesh Chandra and the regime wanted Professor Narsey to do to save his job.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Would anyone have Prof. Narsey's email contact. I tried his USP one and of course that is no longer active.

Many thanks