The seniormost faculty professor Sharanjeet Singh whose name is making the rounds for the next officiating director of National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) has come under the scanner of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers due to the registration of a corruption case against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Though no formal announcement has been made so far by the ministry on who will officiate as director after K K Bhutani’s retirement, usually the seniormost teaching faculty is given the charge.
According to sources, professor Sharanjeet Singh is the seniormost teaching faculty after K K Bhutani and he might have been asked to take charge of the officiating director till the appointment of the director. Sources said that since Sharanjeet had been booked along with others, including Bhutani and former NIPER director Rama Rao, he would not be given the charge now.
“Some faculty members in the institute are also not happy with the development. They now want the appointment of a full-fledged director as well as a Board of Governors (BoG). Some of them are also planning to approach the high-ups in the ministry to bring the facts into light,” said a senior faculty member of NIPER who wished not to be named.
Prof Sharanjeet Singh who joined NIPER on August 1, 1994, is serving for the past 22 years and he is to retire on October 8, 2016, after attaining the age of 60 years. Singh was booked on January 14 by the premier investigating agency. Apart from Singh’s name, name of another faculty member P V Bharatam is also making the rounds.
When contacted Sharanjeet Singh’s family members said that he was busy getting ready to attend a function and could not spare time to talk on the issue.