Panjab University syndicate on Sunday cleared the name of colonel Guljeet Singh Chadha as the next registrar of Panjab University. Chadha is currently working as chief maintainability engineer with the electronics and mechanical wing of the army in Pune. The name will be put up before the PU senate in its September meeting for the final approval.
Sources in the syndicate said his name was cleared without any discussion. Speculations were rife that the two rival groups in syndicate the GK Chatrath group and the Ashok Goyal group would raise questions over the appointment as there were many from the campus in the fray for the coveted post.
Among others from the PU faculty, two syndicate members, Karamjeet Singh and Dalip Kumar were also in the fray.
If Chadha does not join, PU University Business School professor Meenakshi Malhotra is the second choice of the university panel headed by PU vice-chancellor AK Grover for the post. Dean University Instructions (DUI) AK Bhandari has been holding the additional charge of registrar for the past six months. When contacted, Chadha said that he was yet to get any official communication from the university.
Chadha, 54, is a mechanical engineer and did his Masters and Bachelors degree (mechanical engineering) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Apart from his engineering degree, he holds an MBA from IIBM Patna University; a post-graduate diploma in management (Industrial Relations and Personnel Management) and another post graduate diploma in in public relations, advertising, and applied communications from Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan. He did his schooling from UP Sainik School, Lucknow and St Xavier, School, Doranda.
Chadha is also fellow of the Institutions of Engineers (India) and has received numerous awards and honours including the chief of army staff commendation card for distinguished services
as general manager (production), army commander (southern command) commendation card
and chief of army staff commendation card for distinguished services as manager (workshop).