In a major embarrassment to Yadavindra Public School (YPS), Patiala, run by Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh’s family, the Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has rejected the recent appointment of Major General Sanjiv Verma (retd) as its headmaster, stating he does not have requisite qualification and teaching experience for the post.
Confirming the development, board chief executive officer-cum- secretary Gerry Arathoon told HT that the school management was informed a month back to replace the current headmaster since his appointment is not in consonance with board rules.
“As per our rules, to be appointed the head of an affiliated school requires a postgraduate academic degree in a teaching subject besides a recognised teacher education degree. Also, the candidate must have five years of teaching experience. The current headmaster of the school is an MPhil in strategic studies, which doesn’t suffice to hold a principal’s office,” he told HT over phone from Delhi.
The school had appointed Sanjiv Verma -- who is a graduate in economics (honours) from Hindu College, Delhi -- in April this year after his predecessor SV Kumar retired, following 10 years of service.
Gerry said the board made its position clear soon after the school moved an application seeking mandatory approval for the headmaster’s appointment.
“So far the school management has not responded to us after our initial letter. We will pursue the matter again once the summer vacation is over,” he said.
School website contradicts chairperson’s claim
School chairperson Malvinder Singh, who is the younger brother of Captain Amarinder Singh, called the controversy “total nonsense”. “Sanjiv Verma has been appointed as school’s director, and not its headmaster,” he said.
Claiming he was fully aware of board rules, Malvinder Singh said being the director Verma’s responsibility was to look after the administrative duties, whereas the academic duties are being looked after by the deputy headmistress.
Gerry, however, claimed that in the school’s application for board’s confirmation, Verma was referred to as its headmaster. The school chairperson’s statement also contradicts with the information available on the school website, where Verma’s message appears under the ‘headmaster’s foreward’. The school’s latest editorial magazine also carries his interview in his capacity as the headmaster.
When presented with these facts, Malvinder claimed the school editorial board and officials might not be aware of the nomenclature of Verma’s post. “We will get it rectified after the summer vacation,” he said.
Captain Amarinder Singh is the school patron.