The IKG-Punjab Technical University (IKG-PTU) has finally revoked the suspension of controversial former dean NP Singh who was dismissed from his service in July 2013 on charges of favouring an advertisement firm and approving a non-existent university centre in Nepal.
Sources in the PTU disclosed that the matter regarding the services of the former dean, whose dismissal was already converted into suspension few months back, was put before the Board of Governors (BoG) in a meeting in Chandigarh on Friday and they decided to revoke his suspension.
As per the new orders, Singh’s suspension has been revoked from May 21, 2012, the day he was suspended from service after a probe. The decision to terminate Singh was taken by then vice-chancellor Dr Rajnish Arora on April 16, 2013. “Now Singh will be paid his entire salary and dues from the back date by the PTU,” the sources said.
The meeting was chaired by chief secretary-cum-BoG chairman of PTU Sarvesh Kaushal.
Singh, who was dean distance education, was suspended after an inquiry done by former Delhi IAS officer Omesh Sehgal, a secretary rank officer with Government of India. The inquiry report had found that Singh did not cooperate with the probe and did not appear before the panel even after being repeatedly asked to do so. Out of the six charges levelled against Singh, the probe had found him guilty on two counts – accepting forged quotations of a publicity campaign worth Rs 2.5 crore for enrolling students from other states and approving a non-existent centre in Nepal.
However, in the representation to the BoG head, the former dean stated that he was dismissed from the services by the then VC in arbitrary manner without following proper procedure and without jurisdiction. He also questioned the move to carry out the probe in the hands of an officer from Delhi.
In its other decisions, the board also held detailed deliberations to chalk out the future road map for the University. As per a press statement by the PTU, the BoG gave stress for the appointments of best faculty-based on PhD as essential qualification.
“From now on, priority will be given to PhD qualified candidate for faculty recruitment. If the university fails to fill the vacant posts then those may be re-advertised,” said Kaushal.
University board has also decided to make a strategy to put a full stop to all malpractices done by private colleges regarding faculty recruitment, including their pay. “University is also keen to conduct more Faculty Development Programmes (FDPs) through NITTTR Chandigarh and CCI Punjab chapter. Responsibility of various board members has been fixed to explore best options to improve faculty development practices,” the chief secretary said.
PTU vice-chancellor Rakesh Verma said the board also approved residential project agenda in principal. “In this agenda as per the guidelines of the UGC, University will soon start construction of accommodation of VC, registrar, deans and other officers,” he said.
No discussion over the appointment of new VC was held in the meeting.