The probe report of Justice SD Anand, former judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, has held associate professor, music department, Neelam Paul guilty of submitting false information regarding attending seminars and research papers for her promotion to the post of professor.
She had applied for promotion in 2010 and then in 2013. The report will be tabled before senate meeting on March 27. Paul was served a chargesheet on December 16, 2015, on five counts. The proceedings were recorded on CCTV. Regarding claiming 37.5 marks for attending five seminars (there were 7.5 marks for each seminar), whereas she had attended just one as per her own submission. Justice Anand said, “She wrongly claimed marks despite knowing the fact that her claim will not get validation under UGC regulations.”
Regarding not able to submit copy of research papers, he also added that “The university has been able to prove that Dr Neelam Paul has defied the competent authority by refraining from complying with the directions given to her from time to time to provide proofs of publications.”
Dr Paul also faced a charge for writing directly to Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who is the university chancellor. The varsity alleges that she bypassed the office of vice-chancellor and thus, violated PU calendar.
Paul told Justice Anand that she forwarded her complaint through vice-chancellor’s office. But the report concluded, “Dr Neelam Paul forwarded an advance copy of the relevant complaint to the Chancellor at her own level in a clandestine manner and did not get the dispatch of advance copy recorded in the dispatch register (of vice-chancellor’s office), just in order to be able to conceal the factum thereof.” PU V-C Prof Arun Grover recorded his statement for this charge.
Regarding charge of serving legal notice to Vice-President in violation of the PU calendar, Justice Anand said, “The serving of a legal notice upon the Chancellor can be described to be an attempt to not only wash the proverbial dirty linen in public, but to tarnish the image of the vice-chancellor, nay the university, in the eyes of the Chancellor.”
“I do not have any information about the enquiry report. The authorities never forwarded the report to me,” said associate professor, music department, Neelam Paul.