The recruitments at the Punjabi University here have come under a scanner as authorities are going ahead with interviews for the two posts of assistant professor on the basis of rules that are yet to be approved.
In "blatant violation" of the norms, university authorities have adopted University Grants Commission (UGC) qualifications to fill the two posts in computer science subjects on contract basis but have yet to approve the UGC norms as basic qualification criteria.
The walk-in interviews for assistant professors in the college in Ghuruan and girls college in Mansa, both constituents colleges, would be held on July 16.
Sources in the university revealed that before going abroad on July 12, vice chancellor Dr Jaspal Singh had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of dean academic affairs Dr Paramjit Singh to finalise the UGC norms to fill the posts.
Interestingly, the committee was formed the same day the advertisement for the two posts was published in several newspapers and on university website, mentioning UGC qualifications for the post.
"A day prior to interview for the posts, the committee proposed UGC norms as the set criteria and put up the file for a final nod from the V-C", said a source adding that "new norms should be approved by the syndicate".
The V-C is scheduled to return from the United States and join office on July 17.As per the rules, the university should have finalised the norms before carrying out the interviews in order to ensure fair recruitment.
Dean academics affairs Dr Paramjeet Singh claimed that they had not bypassed any rules and just made the proposal, which was yet to be finalised by the V-C.
"The interviews will be carried out as per the qualification criteria mentioned in the advertisement but the selection will be made only after the V-C's nod to the proposal forwarded by us on the UGC qualifications for the posts," he said.
Earlier, All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) norms were adopted for the past many years to fill the posts in computer science courses. However, in a recent ruling, the Supreme Court had taken computer science courses, including MBA and MCA, out of the purview of the AICTE.