March 20, 2011 1:54:23 am
Revising the decades old practice of constitution of members in the Unfair Means Cases (UMC) committees,Panjab University,in a first of its kind of move,will replace the Syndics and Senators with retired High Court judges. From this academic session,the retired judges of Punjab and Haryana High Court will be engaged as members of the UMC committees.
The change,claimed to be taken in order to check manipulation and influencing of committee members,who till now used to be Senators and Syndics,could be considered a fall out of decisions taken by these committees in the past. Also,there was a practice prevalent till recently where the UMC committee members were members of the flying squads too.
Thus,after complaints received of first catching UMC cases and then relieving them of any charge was recently stopped by the Vice-Chancellor Prof R C Sobti.
Confirming it,Prof R C Sobti said,Using my prerogative,we are considering this option of appointing retired high court judges as UMC committee members in the place of Senators and Syndicate members. Every year,two UMC committees with three members each are constituted to deal with various cases of cheating and use of other unfair means during the examinations.
Going by the tenure of these two committees,that is from January till December,the university is already delayed in forming these committees. When the UMC branch of Panjab University approached the Vice Chancellor for making these committees,it was directed that no Senate or Syndicate member would make his presence in the committees. Only retired high court judges will be the members.
After these instructions,one employee was sent to the High Court to collect the list of retired judges. Also,a few names were collected from the website.
The list with around a dozen names of retired judges have been sent to the V-C office for approval. These committees that start dealing with UMC cases from January itself,could not be constituted so far. Some of the UMC cases of September last year are still pending. It was a tough time for us to collect even this number of retired judges as many are working as members or chairpersons of one or the other organisation. Once approved,the judges would be contacted for their approval, added one of the officials of the Examination branch.
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