Panjab University (PU) informed the Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday that soon it’s going to fill up as many as 140 posts of assistant professors, associate professors and professors in its various departments as well as affiliated colleges after issuing advertisements.
The information was submitted by AK Bhandari, registrar, PU, during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a city resident, Rajinder Kumar Singla.
The petitioner had approached the high court last year seeking directions to the PU to fill up teaching and non-teaching posts in the university as well as its affiliated colleges.
It was on November 13, 2013, that the high court had directed the PU to expeditiously fill up as many as 797 vacant posts of teaching staff.
The court had on April 11 ordered, “We are of the view that every endeavour should be made to fill up the posts in such a time schedule that at least when the university reopens after the summer recess (on July 7), so far as possible, most of the posts are occupied.”
“It is, thus, expedient to expedite the process and the interregnum period including of the vacations must be utilised for the said purpose,” the court ordered. The court was informed that since the last date of hearing on April 11, PU had filled up 40 posts of assistant professors, associate professors and professors as regular faculty through the open selection; 121 on temporary basis; seven on contract basis; three on re-employment basis; 52 on guest faculty basis; and 19 on promotion basis under the career advancement scheme. Bhandari also submitted that results of various posts were awaiting approval of the Syndicate in the meeting scheduled on August 17.
It was also submitted that interviews for filling up of 12 assistant professors’ posts in chemistry and zoology departments were scheduled from July 21-24 and August 4 to 7, respectively.