The state government has appointed a three-member scrutiny committee that comprises two principals, who themselves are ineligible for their post as per norms of AICTE, to scrutinise candidates on February 3 for the vacant post of principal of MIMIT (Malout Institute of Management and Information and Technology).
Jasbir Singh Hundal, director, Giani Zail Singh PTU campus, Bathinda; Ravi Kumar, principal of Beant College Engineering and Technology, Gurdaspur, and TS Sidhu, director of Shaheed Bhagat Singh State Technical Campus, Ferozepur, are three members of the scrutiny committee set up to check the eligibility of candidates who have applied for the post of principal at MIMIT. The committee has been formed by the government on January 16.
Jasbir Singh Hundal and Ravi Kumar are from the applied sciences stream whereas as per the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) norms, the principal for engineering and technological institutions should have qualification in engineering and technology streams. Both Jasbir and Ravi are from applied sciences and have MSc and PhD in Physics instead of the relevant MTech and PhD degrees in engineering and technology.
In the advertisement for the post of the MIMIT principal, the qualification of candidates has been mentioned as per the AICTE norms and it states that the candidate should be from the relevant branch that is engineering and technology.
In the frequently-asked questions on the AICTE website, it had clearly been replied that professors from the applied sciences or science and humanities streams are not eligible for the post of principal or director.
Dean, academics, PTU, Boota Singh said, "The recruitment is done by the government earlier when Giani Zail Singh Campus was not with the PTU. I cannot comment over the eligibility of principals and you may ask authorised person."
However, when contacted, AR Talwar, principal secretary, technical education and industrial training, found nothing wrong and against the norms. "The government has recruited these principals and their appointment is not illegal as per the AICTE norms. The committee formed is eligible to scrutinise candidates and those from the applied sciences background can also apply for the post of principal," said.
Regional officer, AICTE, Rajiv Gulati said, "Whatever norms are mentioned on the AICTE website are appropriate and if any person is recruited in violation of norms, it will be wrong."
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