USP’s Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Rajesh Chandra, often boasts about USP as model for the region. The problem is that since Chandra became Vice Chancellor, USP staff management are more rotten than before. Making the mess are Vice Chancellor Rajesh Chandra, USP Council Chairman (Ikbal Janif) and Deputy Chair (Mrs Fekita Utoikamanu).
Janif is in debt to Chandra, who helped elect Janif, with no university degree, as Chairman of USP Council against far more qualified Solomon Islander with a PhD. Janif won the election by only one vote because VC Rajesh Chandra voted for him.
Why USP Deputy Chair of Council (Mrs Fekita Utoikamanu) reviews VC Chandra’s performance, when she has conflict of interest; her husband (Siosiua Utoikanu) depends on VC Chandra for appointment as Head of the PICPA program at USP.
How Anjeela Jokhan (a loyal supporter of Chandra) was appointed as Associate Professor and Dean of FSTE when all Heads of Schools at FSTE and all official referees were negative and Jokhan was not a professor? Did VC Chandra irregularly appoint extra referees to give favorable references for Jokhan?
How Drew Alliburton (husband of Professor Susan Kelly, former Deputy VC) was appointed at FBE when Screening Committee concluded he was not appointable?
What circumstances lay behind the forced resignation of famous economist Professor Warden Narsey?
What circumstances lay behind the resignation of bright senior management such as Adi Eci Nabalarua (Pro VC and iTaukei academic), Munif (best Chief Financial Officer USP ever had), and Dr Michael Gregory (Pro VC).
Why did all of them join the Fiji National University instead of staying at the region’s “premier university”?
Why Deputy VC Professor Susan Kelly resign suddenly? Is it true she discovered sexual relationship between a USP staff member and a female student who was later allegedly murdered, while her husband’s complaint to USP was ignored (husband later allegedly committed suicide).
Why VC Chandra, Janif and Fekita did not respond to Kelly’s complaints?
Did USP pay Kelly “to go away” because she found USP was not following rules?
(Kelly and Alliburton also joined the FNU after leaving USP).
Why the sudden suspension of a very senior and most productive professional staff member, who was not given the opportunity to respond before suspension, and only on alleged complaints from the Finance and Investment Committee?
Why this important Finance and Investment Committee at USP, chaired by a director of very minor accounting firm, when many experienced senior accountants with USP experience are ignored (like Jenny Seeto and Naiveli)?
Does USP Chairman (Janif) have conflict of interest because this accounting lady leases office space from Janif?
Why VC Chandra refused to appoint an eminently qualified and experienced USP Professor as Deputy President, instead of appointing another applicant inferior on all academic and administrative grounds?
Was appointment process irregular? The Chairman of the Appointment Committee (Janif) was sick on the day, and instead of postponing the appointment (already delayed for six months), Fekita, not a member of the Appointment Committee, chaired the meeting, and strongly supported the inferior candidate (who happens to be from her own home country, Tonga)?
Who asked Fekita to chair this important meeting and were all the Appointment Committee members present?
Is USP Council told how much USP spends on one legal company annually to cover up staffing mistakes by VC Chandra?
What legal advice was given by this legal company to VC on USP staffing problems?
Many think USP member country representatives come to Council meetings only for wining, dining and shopping, and never investigating any petitions, while VC Chandra, Janif and Fekita, run rings around them. To protect USP's reputation, USP Council must establish independent outside review of all the matters raised here, and any others to be raised by the USP staff and students.
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