HC extends stay order restraining PTU V-C from taking decisions

  • Neha Arora, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Nov 07, 2014 00:28 IST

The Punjab and Haryana High court has extended the stay debarring Punjab Technical University vice-chancellor Rajneesh Arora from taking any major decision pertaining to varsity affairs till November 19.

Sources said the extension in the stay order indicates that the charges against him are still being probed by the court.

A division bench comprising Justice Satish Kumar Mittal and Justice Deepak Sibbal issued the directions on a petition challenging Arora’s appointment and further extension of service to him.

The petition came up for hearing on Wednesday.

Taking up the petition filed by NP Singh, former PTU dean of distance education, the bench restrained the vice-chancellor from taking any major decisions regarding affairs of the university.

The petitioner had questioned Arora’s appointment as V-C in 2008 and the three-year extension granted to him in 2011.

The orders have come at a time when the PTU V-C was eying third term as his tenure would be over in December.

The V-C has failed to start the distance education programme (DEP) in Punjab due to which the learning centres have also been crying foul.

Sources maintained that though a formal complaint was lodged with union HRD minister Smriti Irani and the UGC authorities had also taken a serious note of Arora’s functioning, but to no avail.

Singh had challenged Arora’s appointment for the second term beginning 2011, saying he was not eligible as per the UGC norms of minimum qualifications and standards notified in 2010, nor was the procedure as laid down in the PTU Act followed.

Singh said at the meeting of the board of governors in October 2011, an extension to the vice-chancellor was recommended for a second term without checking his eligibility.

Singh said that as Arora was ineligible in keeping with the UGC norms, the decisions taken by him during his extended tenure should be declared null and void.

As per UGC notification, a minimum of 10 years’ experience as professor or in an equivalent position is mandatory for the post of V-C.

It was submitted that Arora was granted extension in violation of the procedure prescribed under the PTU Act.

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