HC upholds PU registrar's appointment

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 14, 2015 00:02 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court has upheld the appointment of GS Chadha as the registrar of Panjab University (PU).

He was appointed on October 1, 2014.

The HC bench of justice K Kannan on Friday dismissed the petition of former senator RD Anand, stating the entire procedure adopted betrayed no foul play, and the ultimate choice of appointment of GS Chadha as the registrar conformed to the relevant regulations and procedure.

"I find nothing for intervention against the legality of the appointment,"the HC bench said.

Anand had submitted that Chadha did not fulfil the eligibility criteria for the post in the manner advertised. He had also questioned the manner of selection and further alleged that the application for appointment made by the selected candidate was also stated to be defective.

The HC observed that the administrative experience was not limited only to an educational institution.

"The three streams - educational, research, administrative experience - could overlap or they could even be mutually exclusive. Even without reference to an experience only in an educational filed, I would find that a person from the army who had sufficient exposure for preparation of curriculum for their in-house training, recruitment of persons and for inventory control ought to have put him in sufficient know of things necessary for administration in educational fields,"the HC observed.

On the argument that application was deficient of some attachments, the varsity had explained that the vice-chancellor himself had made a note allowing all the candidates to submit documents at the later stage.

About the argument that there was no pre-determined grading of various qualities that would be necessary for the appointment, varsity counsel Amar Vivek had explained the interview was conducted by a committee of persons who were highly acclaimed in their respective fields, and the process involved several stages.

The court held that there was not even a suggestion anywhere in the petition that the ultimate choice of the candidate was arbitrarily made by allowing any personal bias of the interview committee to prevail.

The HC observed the matter was put through a threadbare discussion in the senate proceedings and all laid down processes were followed.

One more petition challenging Chadha's appointment filed by a university professor is still pending with the high court.

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