Himachal Pradesh University Faculty For Probe Into CoE Appointment

Shimla: University teaching faculty have resented flouting of rules for a ‘stage managed appointment of controller of examination’ with HPU Teachers Association (HPUTA) demanding institution of an inquiry and plans to hold a general body meeting to chalk out a confrontation course.

After an HPUTA executive meeting, general secretary Mahavir Singh said that the association took serious note of anarchy in the university due to ill conceived and illegal decisions of the authorities.

Members felt that the way stage managed appointment of the Controller of Examination (COE) planned for February 26, indicates that there is no respect of rules and regulations, he said.

The association says that the university has advertised vacancies for several positions including that of COE and even received 44 applications for the said post.

Without any scrutiny of the applications they stand dumped and the university authority has decided appoint a junior person from a college cadre, on secondment basis, as COE even though he does not even fulfill the required qualifications criteria for the position, said Singh.

After the authorities designs were exposed, the post was re-advertised in haste, qualifications modified to suit the person put on position without interview. Now the University has fixed an interview of COE on 26th February, which is a mere eye wash.

This was being done at a time when neither the university nor the state have money to pay arrears to faculty and employees.

Posing questions at the vice chancellor, HPUTA has demanded fixing of financial accountability and responsibility for causing loss to the University exchequer.

Why has university not bothered to make appointments when the vice chancellor took charge and why is it that at the fag end of his tenure he is making appointments in violation of the rules, says HPUTA while pointing out that positions of Registrar, Finance Officer, Dean College Development Council, Director ICDEOL, Director of UIIT, Director Academic Staff College, Director of Legal Studies Five year Course, Director BBA/BCA have not been filled.

Mentioning the sensitivity of COE position in dealing with confidential matters pertaining to conduct of entrance examinations like CPMT and other general examinations, HPUTA has demanded an independent inquiry by a High Court judge and sought a probe by vigilance department.

HPUTA is to hold a general house meet on 24th Feb and decided upon it future course of action, said Singh.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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