After 10 days of calm,PAUTA fires another salvo at Vice-Chancellor

The stand-off between Vice -Chancellor Dr M S Kang and PAU Teachers Association on the issue of holding interviews to select department heads has not ended yet.

Written by Amrita Chaudhry | Ludhiana | Published: January 4, 2009 2:09 am

The stand-off between Vice -Chancellor Dr M S Kang and PAU Teachers Association (PAUTA) on the issue of holding interviews to select department heads has not ended yet. Despite the V-C getting a green signal from the PAU Board of Management to go ahead with the interviews on December 23,on Friday morning PAUTA pasted posters across the campus expressing disagreement with the decision.

A poster states “Interviews for the Heads of Departments — In the interest of the university or hypocrisy?…PAUTA is well aware of these unfortunate developments and will give a befitting reply to such double standards in the coming times,with the support of the faculty”.

Another poster compares the credentials of the seven aspirants for the post of Assistant Director of Research (ADR) and claims that the least eligible candidate — Dr Harjit Singh — was appointed in absentia.

PAUTA general secretary Dr Mukesh Siag said: “Through the posters,we want to convey to the faculty what the ground reality is.”

A member of the PAU Board of Management,Avtar Singh Dhindsa,said: “I am all for interviews of heads of departments. Call them interviews or group discussions,people should throw up ideas on what they plan for their department.”

Dhindsa said he opposed the in-absentia appointment of ADR Harjit Singh. “None of us know what this person may be up to in the country where he is living. We were asked to withdraw our opposition on the grounds that the V-C has a right to choose his team,” he said.

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