Senate sanctions 4 panels to look into appointments

The Senators, on Saturday, authorised Panjab University (PU) Vice-Chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover to constitute four committees to look into the issues related to appointments in the varsity departments, affiliated colleges, Dr Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Sciences and Hospital and non-teaching staff.

The decision was taken after the House witnessed a long discussion on the appointment criteria being adopted for making fresh recruitments.

Some of the senators accused the PU authorities of violating the UGC guidelines for making appointments.

One of the Senators Ashok Goyal said, as per the UGC notification, the national eligibility test (NET) is the minimum basic qualification for teaching. However, it exempted candidates who have been awarded the PhD degree prior to 2009 or who were enrolled or were exempted from NET.

Goyal alleged that the varsity has made NET or PhD as criteria for recruiting the candidates which is against the UGC guidelines.

Replying to this, Prof Grover said, "The varsity authorities had approached the UGC seeking clarification on this issue, but it said that the matter is pending with the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)."

"UGC has asked us to follow the criteria that we have already been following till the time MHRD gives a reply," he added

Amid this discussion, another issue regarding the recent appointments came up for debate. Certain senators alleged to the authorities that different templates have been adopted to calculate the academic performance index (API).

Senator Karamjeet Singh said that candidates were given 10 marks for undergraduate degree against the prescribed five marks.

Similarly, another senator Iqbal Singh Sandhu said that 15 marks were given to candidates having PhD degree.

The House decided that a committee which will be constituted to modify the template. The V-C agreed to this demand of the House.

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