While former acting airport general manager Dayanand Birju claims to have a certificate from the United States’ University of Massachusetts in Boston, a copy of which was obtained by the Express, the university does not have him on record as a graduate of that institution.
Birju’s curriculum vitae lists a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Massachusetts University.
But a representative from the university’s transcript and alumni department on Wednesday afternoon, in responding to queries from the Express, said during the period 1983-1988, Birju did not graduate from the institution. Further checks in the system did not record Birju as a graduate of the institution from 1988 to present.
Birju tendered his resignation to chairman of the Airports Authority (AATT) Trevor Benjamin on Tuesday.
Sources say the resignation was with immediate effect. The Express has been reliably informed Birju did not produce a university transcript from the institution.
Sources say shortly after assuming the chairmanship of AATT in September, Benjamin requested Birju’s CV.
Birju, sources said, assured that his CV would be made available last week to Benjamin.
Efforts to contact Birju were unsuccessful as calls to his cellphone went unanswered. Messages left were not returned.
When the Express contacted Benjamin on Wednesday morning and asked the reason for Birju’s resignation, Benjamin said: “He resigned for personal reasons.”
Asked if he requested Birju’s CV, Benjamin said, “Yes I did. I requested the CV of every manager.”
He did not say if he received Birju’s CV and could not be reached again on Thursday or yesterday.
Asked why he requested Birju’s and other managers’ CVs, Benjamin indicated he was not in a position to respond since he was busy and advised that the Express call him back. Subsequent calls to his cell phone went unanswered.
Sources further told the Express following his resignation, Birju informed the AATT that he had 45 days vacation leave and requested that he be paid for them. Management at the AATT gave him the undertaking that his claim will be looked at.
When he was offered the position of deputy general manager, Operations on August 10, 2010, Birju’s basic monthly salary was $24,000. This figure did not include allowances.
A copy of his contract obtained by the Express showed perks such as travelling, entertainment, telephone and housing allowances. The allowances were $3,000, $500, $350, $1,500 respectively per month.
Birju also qualified for a motor vehicle loan up to $140,000 to be repaid within three years.
The offer contract was signed by then AATT general manager (ag) Louis Frederick.
Contacted yesterday afternoon and asked whether he was aware of Birju’s academic qualifications, Frederick said: “I have retired from the AATT so I am not in a position to be talking about the AATT.
“As far as I can remember (transcripts) were submitted. An original was submitted and a copy placed on the file.”
But Frederick said he could not remember if the transcript was from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
He said: “I cannot remember but I believe it was somewhere in the States.”