The Panjab University administration informed the Punjab & Haryana High Court it had conducted interviews for ten of the 99 positions of assistant professors that had been advertised, adding the appointments would be finalised following the approval of the varsity’s syndicate and senate.
In the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by a city resident, Rajinder Kumar Singal, PU registrar AK Bhandari, through his affidavit on behalf of the varsity, told the court the varsity had appointed an assistant professor in the biochemistry department on January 30.
He added the varsity had conducted interviews for ten posts of assistant professors of economics at PU’s University Business School; the philosophy, English and political science departments of the University School of Open Learning; in the varsity’s English and cultural studies departments; in economics in the PU evening studies department; in PU’s Urdu department; and one post in the physics department of PU’s University Institute of Engineering & Technology.
Bhandari also submitted that while the template for the selection of candidates for the advertised positions of professors and associate professors, which were in accordance with UGC guidelines, were cleared by the PU syndicate on February 22 but not by its senate when the matter was placed before it on March 22.
According to his affidavit, the registrar stated the template would again be put up at the senate’s next meeting. 40 positions of associate professors and 30 of professors would be advertised in July-August after the senate’s approval, it added.
The regisrar also stated the process of screening and holding interviews under its career advancement scheme was under way.
It said 17 faculty members had been promoted from assistant professor stage I to stage II, ten from assistant professor stage II to stage III, three from stage III to stage IV and five from stage IV to stage V. The court adjourned the matter for further hearing to July 25.