A day before the formation of new Punjab government, two vice-chancellor of Punjab submit their resignation papers to Punjab governor and chancellor of university VP Singh Badnore on Wednesday. Prof AS Brar, vice-chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University and Punjabi University vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh resigned from the post.
Prof AS Brar, who joined Guru Nanak Dev University as the vice-chancellor in 2009 and had two extensions during his tenure, Brar has appealed to the university chancellor (governor) that he be relieved by March 31.
Varsity authorities confirmed his resignation but were tight lipped about further details.
Credible sources have confirmed to HT that, around two ago, the VC submitted his resignation to the governor but he was asked to continue till a new government is formed and a new VC appointed.
Due to a delay in acceptance, Brar took up the matter again with chancellor, chief secretary and principal secretary higher education (Punjab) to relieve him immediately i.e till March 31 due to a personal reasons.
Senior professors confirmed the news, saying that his only son had been keeping unwell. Due to this, Brar had been absent from the university since January and attended only major events. Currently he at his Gurgaon residence and will come for the March 20 syndicate meeting.
Members of the Guru Nanak Dev University Teacher Association (GNDUTA) claimed that it was Brar’s close association with Parkash Singh Badal that helped him get two extensions.
“Now, as there is going to be new government in power, it might initiate inquiries that have been are pending for a very long time. This must have also been one of the reason for him to leave,” a GNDUTA member said.
Brar joined in 2009 and in 2012 he got his first extension. Then, in 2015, he got his second extension till July 2018, despite having crossed the age of 70 years. The retirement age in Punjab is 65 years.
PUNJABI UNIVERSITY VICE-CHANCELLOR RESIGNS
Punjabi University vice-chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh also submitted his resignation to Punjab governor and chancellor of university VP Singh Badnore on Wednesday. Dr Singh asked the Punjab governor to relieve him from his duties at the earliest.
Dr Singh joined Punjabi University as a vice-chancellor on December 11, 2007 and received three extensions.