The Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology on Wednesday threw out five faculty members who had allegedly secured jobs through illegal means a decade ago, long before the state’s biggest recruitment scandal hit the headlines.
Sources said the terminated faculty members included the wife, sister and sister-in-law of Sanjeev Saxena, the owner of a chain of educational institutions who was arrested for his role in the PEB scam.
The institute is a premier regional National Institute of Technology (NIT) located in the state capital, offering courses in engineering, pharmacy, architecture and management and has around 5,000 students.
The appointments of the five persons -- training and placement officer Aruna Saxena, assistant librarian Archana Saxena, associate professor Abhay Sharma and assistant professors Kavita Belwar and Anshu Gupta – had come under the scanner long time, resulting in the institution of four separate inquiries, one by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
All the probes had found the five persons unqualified and guilty of procuring their jobs through fraud.
"All the reports were tabled in the meeting and board of governors which decided to terminate their appointments,” MANIT director Appu Kuttan said.
None of the five persons were available for comments despite repeated attempts.
The board chairperson Geeta Bali said the order of termination would not be revoked on any ground.
Earlier in February this year, the board had decided to cancel the appointments on the basis of a report of a three-member committee including retired high court judge MA Siddqui.
Later, on the request of the faculty members, Kuttan had revoked the order saying that the CBI report was not tabled in the meeting.
The board meeting also asked a three-member committee probing several charges against MANIT registrar Ajit Narayan to file its report with 10 days.
“I had formed a committee after receiving several complaints against Narayan including lack of qualification,” Kuttan added.
Narayan, however, refuted the charges and vowed to stay on till his retirement.
“Nobody can remove me from the post. If they do something against me, I will again come back in two days. I will go only after my retirement. Once I retire, I will not look back at this institute,” he told HT.