The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday issued notices to the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) over the appointment of Gurinder Pal Singh Baht to the post of PSEB secretary.
Justice Mahesh Grover issued notices to the Board on a petition filed by Malvinder Singh Mali,a teacher in the government school in Roopnagar.
Advocate H C Arora,counsel for the petitioner,challenged Bahts appointment on the ground that he does not have the administrative experience of at least five years,which is needed for one to be appointed to the post. He added that the MTech (Civil Engineering) degree acquired by Baht was not valid,as it has been obtained from the Karnataka State Open University through distance education.
The course did not have the mandatory approval from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The petitioner referred to a 2010 public notice issued by AICTE stating that as a matter of policy,it does not recognise qualifications acquired through distance education in the field of engineering etc.
Referring to Bahts administrative experience,the petitioner has stated that Baht held the posts in miscellaneous wing of the Board as former engineer and then as superintending engineer. Experience gathered under these posts cannot be counted as administrative experience as envisaged under PSEB (Employees Service) Regulations,the petition added.
Notice to Punjab on display of relics
The Punjab and Haryana High Court issued notices on Tuesday to Punjab on a petition seeking display of sacred relics of Sikh Gurus,including Guru Gobind Singh.
Notices were issued on a petition filed by Gurmeet Singh,president of Nabha Public Society,who has sought directions to Punjab and other respondents to display the relics at Hira Mahal at Nabha. Directions were also sought against shifting the relics to any place other than Hira Mahal as it would hurt the religious sentiments of worshippers at Nabha,he added.
The petitioner claimed that the relics had been under lock and key for the past 240 years. He contended that the relics were transferred to a residence in Delhi earlier by the member of a Trust,but were brought back after a public interest petition was filed in the high court. They were then directed to be shifted to Khalsa Heritage Complex at Anandpur Sahib,and were being kept under lock and key at Kila Mubarak at Patiala.