The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued a notice to the Punjab government and the state subordinate services selection board on a petition by three of the candidates whose names were dropped from the redrawn list of selected candidates for the posts of librarians in state government-run schools.
The candidates have claimed that they were declared selected in February 2014 among 70-odd candidates by the Subordinates Services Selection Board (SSSB), Punjab, but their names did not figure in the revised list issued on December 14. The 72 vacancies of librarians in various Punjab schools were advertised in 2012.
They submitted that their names had been dropped from the revised list apparently because they possessed degree of bachelor of library sciences from Vinayaka Mission University, Salem, Tamil Nadu.
They had contended that it was mentioned in the revised list that those who had acquired professional qualification under certificates issued by universities located out of Punjab had also been kept out of the selection by cancelling their candidature as their degrees had not been found legitimate under the guidelines of the University Grants Commission (UGC). The candidates had contended that they appeared for the interview, but at that time, no questions were raised about the validity of their degrees.
The bench of justice Rajiv Narain Raina, while issuing the notice of motion to the state government and the state SSSB, did not stay the process of appointment being carried out by the government but observed that appointments would be subject to outcome of the petitions before it.