The Madras high court has ordered a CBI probe into all the faculty appointments made at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras from 1995 to 2000.
Disposing a petition filed in 1996 by Dr Vasantha Kandasamy the court on Thursday ordered her elevation as professor in the Math Department. Besides the promotion she will also get 17 increments.
"I have fought the battle for the last 17 years. If people with real credentials were given the post, I would not have fought. It is unfortunate that people with a second class MSc and without any proper PHD guidance and publications are being appointed to the post of associate professor," Vasantha told HT.
Vasantha was appointed as assistant professor in 1990. Despite being qualified she was denied appointment as associate professor in 1995.
She was also ignored for the position of professor in 1996.
"The high court has directed a CBI probe into the correctness and the legality of the appointments made in IIT Madras from 1995 till September 26, 2000," says M Radhakrishnan, advocate for the petitioner.
Vasantha was the only eligible candidate to be appointed as a professor in 1996 but she was denied, he added.
Maintaining that the constitution of selection committee was illegal, he said: " While no criteria of selection was prescribed, two persons who were even ineligible to even apply were given faculty positions."
Registrar of IIT Madras VG Bhoma told HT that they were waiting for the court order. " We do not know the exact wording of the order. Once we get the order, we will plan a further line of action.