Punjabi University finds itself in a controversy with regard to recruitment of teaching staff for its constituent colleges. According to information, in a recent advertisement issued by the dean, College Development Council, for its six constituent colleges, the university invited applications for 46 posts of assistant professors and others.
But the advertisement put on the university website on July 20 was found completely amended after two days. The registrar's office had allegedly issued the changed ad. In the amended ad, which did not carry any corrigendum, the university invited applications for altogether different posts, much to the surprise of applicants.
In the case of University College, Ghannaur, the university had advertised one post of assistant professor in computer science in the scheduled caste (SC) category and another post of assistant professor, physical education, in the SC category.
But in the ad that was allegedly amended secretly, the university changed the posts for the same college to one post of assistant professor in English in the SC category and another of assistant professor in maths in the SC category.
With the last date of submitting the applications as July 28, when an applicant checked the website on July 26 night, he found that the ad had once again been changed to the original one.
As one had to shell out a fee of Rs 500 for applying for the post, it led to a lot of confusion and inconvenience to the applicants.
"It came as a shock to me when I saw the changed ad. It seems the university under political pressure changed the ad to adjust some candidates," rued an applicant. Dean, College Development Council, Jamsheed Ali Khan said he was not aware of any such change. When informed about the details, he said only the establishment branch could comment.
Registrar AS Chawla said he would enquire about the development from the dean, College Development Council, as it was his office that had issued the ad. "I cannot comment till I check the facts," the registrar said. Meanwhile, a few applicants have decided to move court, demanding cancellation of the entire procedure.