In a major development,two senior faculty members of Punjab Agricultural University (PAU),one of the level of director and another of the level of head of the department,have submitted their resignations to the university authorities. The matter came to light on Wednesday.
Officially,it has been learnt that the two professors in question have expressed their willingness to quit their jobs,citing personal reasons. However,sources claimed that both have been given an honourable passage out by the authorities after they were found wanting in the duties. Both the faculty members,it has been learnt,were near retirement.
Dr V P Mittal,who was posted as PAUs Bathinda Research Station Director,is said to be involved in the illegal sale of trees planted at this station while Dr Pushpinder Singh Aulakh,Head of the Department of Horticulture,was found smelling of alcohol at the Citrus Festival recently organised at Abohar by the university.
PAU Vice-Chancellor Dr B S Dhillon said,Dr Mittal has agreed to pay the amount which is involved in this sale to the university treasury. As far as Dr Aulakh is concerned,while his behaviour and disposition at the function was normal,his mouth smelled of alcohol. He did not misbehave with anyone but then there were many senior officials present at this function like the Director of Horticulture and his staff and also progressive farmers of the state. Before we could initiate any action against Dr Aulakh,he offered to put in his papers which have been accepted, added Dr Dhillon.
Dr Gurbaksh Singh Kahlon has been appointed head of the Horticulture Department.