A day after the superintendent of police (SP vigilance), Ambala, started a probe into the controversial selection of an assistant professor of Hindi at Kurukshetra University (KU) by taking into possession relevant records, vice-chancellor (V-C) DDS Sandhu on Tuesday refuted the charges that the selected candidate was given 22 marks out of 20 in the interview.
Speaking on the sidelines of a function to honour three students of the university who cracked the Union Public Service Commission civil services exam at the University Institute of Engineering and Technology, the V-C said though the matter was sub-judice, he can say that it was an error.
It has been alleged that the selection committee favoured Vandana Sharma in the interview for her appointment as an assistant professor in October 2012. The Haryana government had recently ordered a vigilance inquiry into this case where the complainant, Ajayab Singh, had accused the KU of awarding 22 marks out of 20 to Vandana in the interview. Ajayab was placed second in the selection list.
The V-C said 22 marks had been awarded to Vandana out of 25 marks designated for domain knowledge and she had been given 18 marks out of 20 in the interview. The marks in domain knowledge were inadvertently written in the column meant for the interview.
The matter came to the notice of the joint director, audit, in December 2012 when Vandana's appointment was sent for approval. Following an inquiry, the then registrar of the KU, who was secretary of the selection committee, clarified that marks of domain knowledge had been inadvertently given in column for the interview. The joint director, audit, sent the case to the director, local audit, Haryana government, for clarification in August 2013.
Meanwhile, Ajayab filed a civil writ petition in the Panjab and Haryana high court in February 2013 challenging Vandana's appointment. The joint director, audit, provisionally admitted Vandana's appointment subject to the high court decision after clarification from the director, local audit. The case will come up for hearing on November 2.
The V-C had already contested the government's order of a probe into the hiring of services of 1,300 employees through outsource. The high court had stayed the inquiry on the basis of the V-C's petition that the probe had been ordered to defame him.