The deadlock over the appointment of vice-chancellor of IK Gujral- Punjab Technical University (IKG-PTU) has persisted with its board of governors (BoG) in its meeting on Monday declining to suggest more names for the post as sought by state technical education minister Madan Mohan Mittal.
The BoG in its last meeting in August had recommended the name of Prof MP Punia, director, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training & Research (NITTTR), Chandigarh, for the post. Mittal had refusal to give approval to his appointment asking for more names. The meeting was chaired by chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal as the BoG chairman.
The BoG on Monday discussed the matter and decided that it does not have “more suitable suggestions” for the post which can be given to the minister.
“Whatever names we deemed best we suggested to the minister. Punia was found to be best candidate. Now, the board has requested the government to give further direction on the issue,” said a BoG member requesting anonymity.
The board’s stance is set to delay the V-C’s appointment further as the technical education ministry may start the process afresh.
In another decision, the board decided to scrap all recruitments made during the tenure of previous V-C Rajnish Arora on “adhoc or contractual” basis.
“Contractual posts of academicians and faculty members which were in violation of rules would be cancelled and PTU will initiate the recruitment process for filling these posts on regular basis in the next seven days,” said a PTU press release.
Since the university has already constituted a committee to standardise the rules and regulations of both the state technical universities, the chairman directed the committee to submit its report to the board of governors in its next meeting.
The board said the university would focus on improving the employability of technical graduates from Punjab and it would be achieved by recruiting well-qualified academicians as faculty members strictly as per University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.
The board directed acting V-C Rakesh Verma and director, Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, to finalise the human resource audit and a review report in the next two weeks so that the human resources of IKG PTU could be reorganized and restructured in an efficient manner to manage and improve technical education in the state. This audit report would not only recommend the optimal utilisation of the current manpower at the university but would also recommend the future manpower requirement.