The PU Syndicate,on Saturday,approved the appointment of Dr Neera Grover,wife of PU V-C Professor Arun Kumar Grover,in the Department of Music for another year till July 31,2015.
Though the agenda pertaining to her re-appointment for a period of one year was listed 56th,it was taken up on the insistence of majority of the members.After a heated discussion of over two hours,no consensus was developed and the house went to vote.
The Goyal camp that had seven members abstained from voting. Only eight members,all from the Chatrath-Jain-DAV group participated in the voting. With the latter having majority and all voting in favour of the re-appointment,the same was granted.
We raised our objection since there is no provision in the university calendar to make such an appointment. Moreover,the decision might lead to the tracking of the varsity it might face contempt of court, said Ashok Goyal,a Syndicate member who abstained from the voting.
Dr Neera was denied extension by the PU Syndicate on October 8,2012,after which the matter was taken up for discussion in the Senate meeting held in December that referred it back to the Syndicate for re-consideration. While some members objected to the matter being re-considered,it was still placed on the agenda.
Highlighting the decision of the Panjab and Haryana High Court after a petition seeking quashing of Dr Neeras appointment was filed,Goyal said,PU had filed an affidavit in the court that since the extension has been denied by the Syndicate,the varsity will hold fresh recruitment for the post. The decision taken today is completely contrary to it.
Welcoming the decision,the Chatrath camp said it was done in the right spirit of law and Dr Neera held credentials for being re-appointed.
Dr Neera will join the Department of Music after she returns from Mumbai.