A three-member inquiry committee set up by the department of medical education and research has raised doubt over the credentials of the PhD degree of the Punjab nurses registration council (PNRC) registrar.
The committee comprising of head of cardiology, Government Medical College, Amritsar, Dr Adarsh Kumar, associate professor, GMC, Dr Raman Sharma and registrar, Guru Nanak Dev Hospital, Amritsar, Dr Rameshpal Singh, at its meeting held on January 24, raised doubts over the genuineness of Surjit Kaur’s PhD degree from CMJ University, Shillong, Meghalaya.
The committee said though the time and the date of the meeting had been fixed per Surjit Kaur’s request and convenience, she had not appeared before the committee, and had even failed to send any record pertaining to her degree.
The inquiry report said in the first meeting of the committee held on January 20, Surjit Kaur failed to justify the validity of her degree and didn’t gave satisfactory reply to queries.
Surjit Kaur, however, claimed her degree was genuine. She said she was not able to appear before the committee as she was busy conducting ANM and GNM examinations.
“I had informed the director, research and medical education (DRME), that I would not be available on January 24. I also tried to contact Dr Adarsh Kumar and Dr Raman Sharma, but they did not take my call. I conveyed the message to Dr Rameshpal Singh,” said Surjit Kaur.
The committee in its report said Surjit Kaur claimed to have done PhD from Shillong from 2010 to 2012. As per records, she had never taken leave from service during this period and according to her own submission, she never visited Shillong during this period.
The committee said the university had stated clearly that the doctorate degree could be given only to a candidate who stayed and worked on thecampus.
Surjit Kaur also failed to show record of thesis work or name of the guide of the university under whom she had completed her doctorate. “There is no proof that the authorities allowed her to pursue doctorate from Shillong. She had also not attended any classes,” observed the committee.
Surjit Kaur carried only a no objection certificate from the DRME issued on February 28, 2011, in which she was allowed to do part-time PhD from the University of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan. The degree she had submitted to the office did not bear the signatures of the chancellor or the vice chancellor of the Shillong university. It has signatures of the registrar which should not be there in the case of a doctorate degree, said the committee.
Director, research and medical education, Manjit Kaur Mohi said she was not fully aware of the case as she joined on February 10.
It is learnt that Surjit Kaur was elevated to the post of the registrar on November 13 last year. It is also alleged that Punjab minister Anil Joshi, who also holds the department for medical education and research portfolio, played a vital role in her appointment.
Joshi, however, denied any favourtism to Surjit Kaur. He said he would look into the matter after he was free from the civic body polls. firstname.lastname@example.org