Sydney, Sep 28:  Students at an Australian university have started a petition campaign to reinstate an Indian-origin associate professor who has been forced into retirement, a media report has said. Jay Shaw, 74, who teaches philosophy, political science and international relations at the Victoria University, had been on fixed-term teaching contracts for the past four years. (Read: Indian-Australian student wins Apple conference scholarship) Also Read - New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern Wins Second Term in Landslide Election Victory

“I was told they could not renew my contract and I will have to leave at the end of the year. I told them I was willing to teach without any pay, but I got a negative reply,” on Sunday quoted Shaw as saying. The petition to reinstate Shaw was initiated by Alexander Janet, which was supported by other students. Also Read - New Zealand Reports 4 New COVID-19 Cases

Shaw is a treasure to students and it would be a big loss to philosophy students at the university if he was not reinstated, Janet said. A person’s retirement from the university has always been reached by mutual agreement, a spokesperson for the university said. Shaw is believed to be the first person in New Zealand to have received a festschrift — a collection of writings published in honour of a scholar. Also Read - After Almost Being Covid-19 Free, New Zealand Records First Coronavirus Death in More Than Three Months

Shaw has taught at American universities, presented more than 100 papers, written 11 books and represented New Zealand at the world parliament of religion in 1993, the news website said.