The case regarding the requested change in faculties by a few members of the PU Senate, which came up for hearing in the Punjab and Haryana High Court Thursday, was adjourned for hearing on December 5.
Ahead of the Senate elections on December 6, a total of 17 members of the PU Senate applied for a change in faculties – a move that has been challenged by several Senators in the high court, even though the change has been approved by PU Syndicate.
According to the Senators who are opposing the move, the request for a change in faculties is unjustified, as the direction given by the high court in 2012 allowed Senators to change their faculties only on the completion of two years since being assigned the faculties, not after the completion of two years.
The Senators have also stated that since the Syndicate did not permit Senators to change their faculties in 2012, the Syndicate should not allow for a change this year too.
On the other hand, the Senators who have applied for a change in faculties said with an approval from the PU Syndicate, the Senators were allowed to change their faculties after two years.
In 1996, 21 Senators had applied for a change in faculties, which was approved by the PU Syndicate. In 2000, the Syndicate had approved the request in change of faculties for 17 Senators. In 2004, 14 Senators were allowed to change their faculties and in 2008, five Senators changed their faculties.
In 2012, however, the Syndicate had not allowed any Senator to change their faculties. “In 2012, the Syndicate did not allow for a change because it would not benefit the Senators at all as they had applied for the change in March. Allowing for a change in faculties or not allowing the same is the decision of the Syndicate,” said Dalip Kumar, a member of the PU Syndicate.
In the Syndicate elections of 2013, two members each for the faculties of languages, law and medical sciences were elected unopposed.
For the faculty of languages, Ashok Goyal and Rajesh Gill were elected unopposed, both belonging to the Ashok Goyal group.
On the other hand, for the faculty of law, late GK Chatrath and Yog Raj Angrish were elected unopposed, both belonging to the Chatrath Group. In the medical sciences faculty, AK Bhandari and Naresh Gaur were elected unopposed, both from Goyal group.
Sources said in the university, the change in faculties has been requested to challenge the monopoly of the two groups in the faculties where members were elected unopposed last year.
A member of the PU Senate said, “The main motive behind the request for a change is faculties is that many Senators are acting on their insecurities over the monopoly of groups in certain faculties. At the same time, the move is being opposed by members who have had a monopoly in certain faculties, as they are insecure about losing their foothold.”