Regarding the controversy over the appointment of Punjab Technical University vice-chancellor, technical education minister Madan Mohan Mittal on Monday accused state chief secretary and PTU governing body head Sarvesh Kaushal of violating rules in recommending names for the post.
Mittal called the selection committee “adamant” and said he had written to chief minister Parkash Singh Badal about it. He told HT after a meeting with the district administration here that the procedure for appointing the V-C required a three-member committee to suggest a panel of names that board could forward to the ministry. “Instead, the chief secretary did ‘markings’ on the three names on the panel, all of college professors, so I wrote back to ask for university teachers,” he said, adding: “The PTU governing body replied that it had only three names. I then wrote to the CM.”
Mittal said he didn’t hold a grudge against anyone but the delay in appointing the V-C was “unfortunate”. For more than a year now, the PTU that covers 150 Punjab colleges and over 2,000 students in distance education programme is without a regular top official. There could be no consensus on candidature between the selection committee led by the chief secretary and the technical education minister. The related file is with the CM for the past