The Punjab and Haryana high court on Monday issued notices to Panjab University (PU) and its newly appointed registrar GS Chadha on a petition filed by a university professor challenging Chadha’s appointment.
The petition came up for hearing before the court, headed by justice Mahesh Grover, on Monday.
The petitioner K Tankeshwar is a University Grants Commission professor with the university and was an applicant for the coveted post.
The court, after perusing the petition, ordered the varsity, its registrar and three others to file their replies by December 19.
The petitioner had claimed that the appointment was “absolutely illegal, arbitrary, discriminatory” and was done “without ascertaining the experience and the qualifications” of the appointee.
The university had appointed Chadha as the registrar on October 1 after the PU syndicate and senate cleared his name.
The post was advertised in March this year.
Tankeshwar had stated in his petition that Chadha did not possess the requisite experience of 15 years, including eight years experience as deputy registrar of the university or an equivalent post as mentioned in the advertisement.
He said Chadha had received his postgraduate diploma in management in 1992 and had claimed that his diploma was an equivalent of MBA.
But the same has been declared an equivalent of MBA by the All India Council for Technical Education only in 1994.
Only a candidate having a masters’ degree is eligible for the post of registrar.
The petitioner stated that Chadha had received his masters degree in technology in 2001 and therefore, lacked the requisite 15 years experience.
The petition also mentioned that Chadha had completed his BTech degree and graduate diploma in marketing management in 1992.
Tankeshwar had said in his petition that “it is not possible and shows that there is a discrepancy in the application submitted by Chadha.”
The petition mentioned that the experience stated by Chadha was also not of the post of deputy registrar or its equivalent, as Chadha had only worked as an army officer.
Tankeshwar had also stated that the PU syndicate and senate members were opposed to the appointment but PU vice-chancellor AK Grover, who was the head of the selection committee, went ahead with the appointment anyway.