Members of the Panjab University Senate raised their voices against PU Registrar Col G S Chadha (retd), alleging that he was not approachable and often did not furnish his duties to the best of his capabilities.
The session of the Senate Sunday was stalled for over half an hour, when PU Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover tried to bring order in the Assembly, as Senators threatened to resign if their voices were not heard.
The session started with members of the Senate paying tribute to the Late G K Chatrath. However, soon after that, Senator Varinder Gill stood up, and questioned the Registrar’s working— a move which was supported by few other members of the Senate.
“Ever since his appointment eight months back, Registrar Col Chadha has not been paying heed to the issues we wish to take up with him. There have been procedural flaws in his working as well, and he does not allot any time to the Senators, which is unacceptable,” said Senator Gill. Members of the Senate also challenged the V-C to hold a secret polling of the Senate members and the entire administrative block, saying that no one was pleased with the ‘Army-like’ ways of the registrar.
Amid this ruckus, V-C Professor Grover adjourned the meeting for 10 minutes. As the Senate commenced again, the items for ratification were addressed. Later, on request of the V-C, the House agreed to bring up their grievances during the Zero Hour instead. He further urged the Senators to meet him in person to clarify the differences in opinion.
Col Chadha was appointed as the registrar at Panjab University by Vice-Chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover in November 2014, amidst protests by members of the PU Syndicate and Senate. The members stated that Chadha did not have the required experience for the post.
A petition was also filed by Professor Tankeshwar Kumar in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against his appointment. His appointment was, however, upheld by the high court later. The petitioner had also stated before the HC that Chadha did not possess the required experience of 15 years for appointment as the university registrar. Apprehensions against his appointment were also raised since Chadha was an outsider and a former Army colonel.
Acknowledging that there existed disagreements between him and few members of the Senate over his firm way of dealing, Col Chadha, however, refused to comment on the issue further.