Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Associate profs’ appointment at IGU comes under scanner

The Tribune: Rewari: Wednesday, July 11, 2018.
The recent appointments of associate professors in the department of computer science at Indira Gandhi University (IGU) here have been called into question in a letter sent to the Chancellor-cum-Governor.
Two members of the university court, who obtained documents under the RTI Act, have accused the authorities of deliberately overlooking the report of the screening committee about certificates submitted by the candidates for the academic performance indicators (API) score.
The members have demanded inquiry into the matter, claiming that they had sufficient documentary evidence to prove the allegations.
Professors Subhash Chander Sharma and Nikhilesh Yadav said the university appointed two associate professors in the department of computer science and application (CSA) and one in the computer science and engineering(CSE) department in March this year.
“In its report, the screening committee has mentioned that the API score has been verified on the basis of photocopy of the testimonials, manuscripts supplied by the candidates and their authenticity could not be established. It is beyond imagination as to how selection committee can make appointments on the basis of unauthenticated documents submitted by the candidates,” said Sharma.
He alleged selection of the candidates without verifying their documents raised question marks over the intention of selection committee members. Even, they disregarded the screening committee by intentionally ignoring its observations, hence a thorough inquiry was needed to unravel the truth, he added.
“The authority should have withheld the selection process and got authenticity of the candidates’ testimonials verified before the appointments,” Sharma said.
Madan Lal, Registrar of the IGU, said he was not part of the screening committee so cannot comment in this respect.
DP Goyal, controller of examination of the IGU and one of the members of the screening committee, said since candidates did not attach supportive documents, hence the committee in its report mentioned that authenticity of their documents could not be established. “Original certificates are not required at the time of screening,” he claimed.