The Punjab and Haryana High Court’s stay on the appointment process of six deputy registrars at Panjab University will continue till September 3.
The directions came during the resumed hearing of a petition filed by the Panjab University Staff Association challenging the corrigendum issued by the varsity to amend the qualifications for the said posts.
During the hearing of the case Tuesday, the varsity’s registrar was present in the court. Though the court exempted him from appearing in the court on the next date of hearing, it directed him to produce a record to show as to under which authority the recruitment criteria was changed.
The petitioner association had initially informed that the posts were advertised in 2010 and the corrigendum was issued on February 19, 2013. The court was informed that though a member in a Syndicate meeting held on January 27, 2013, had raised an issue regarding the qualifications for the post of deputy registrar, no resolutions were passed authorising the vice-chancellor to constitute a committee to revise the qualification and to take a decision on behalf of the Syndicate.
It was submitted that even a majority of the Syndicate members in a meeting held on July 19 had asked the vice-chancellor to withdraw the corrigendum and issue a fresh advertisement after getting the qualifications approved by the Syndicate.
It had also been challenged that the varsity had called 87 candidates for the interview against the six advertised posts, which is not permissible under law. Further, out of a total of 87 candidates, 23 were called on provisional basis although there is no such provision.
The petitioner association had also alleged that the varsity had called some candidates who did not even apply in pursuance to the corrigendum.