Irate PU senators to move HC over syndicate move on changing faculty

  • Ifrah Mufti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 28, 2015 11:25 IST
In 2012 the Punjab and Haryana high court drafted a decision, which allowed change of faculties for senators “on” the expiry of two years of assignment and not “after”. (HT Photo)

Some Panjab University (PU) senators are likely to move court against a syndicate decision that allows senators to change their faculties even a month after their two-year assignments expire.

They say by allowing the senators the luxury, the syndicate has flouted the Panjab University calendar.

Sources say in 2012 the Punjab and Haryana high court drafted a decision, which allowed change of faculties for senators “on” the expiry of two years of assignment and not “after”.

The Panjab University stood by the decision.

Other senators, however, say moving court against the syndicate’s decision will be pointless as the high court itself had permitted the body to allow senators to change faculties after two years.

They also add there is no other authority that could allow or request senators to apply for such a change.

Sources in the university believe the decision of moving court is politically motivated by some senate members who are trying to maintain their monoply in respective faculties.

This, they say, is inspired by the syndicated elections scheduled for December 6.

On the other hand, the disgruntled senators who are moving court say the syndicate move is aimed at ousting some syndicate members who are not in favour of the vice-chancellor (V-C).

A senate member, however, on the condition of anonymity said, “If senators who are planning to move court weren’t satisfied with the syndicate’s decision, they should have raised objections during the meeting. However, no one did that.

This clearly shows they are acting out of insecurity as they are aware their monopoly has almost ended.”

In the year 2012 the vice-chancellor sent out a letter which asked senators to apply for change in faculties.

Senators had responded to this stating that the letter had astonished everybody as they weren’t aware of any provision or regulations which authorised the V-C or registrar to ask fellows to make a request to change their faculty that too up to March 22, 2012.

The senators quoted the Panjab University calendar guidelines which stated that a fellow might ask for a change in faculty ‘on’ the expiry of two years of the assignment and his request would be considered by the syndicate.

On this pretext, the senators requested the vice-chancellor to withdraw the letter with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, Anupam Gupta, senior advocate at the Punjab and Haryana high court, who is also the legal retainer of Panjab University in his report in 2012, said the core issue about this subject was whether the registrar could issue the letter/ circular dated March 12, 2012 without prior authorisation by the syndicate.

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