Shimla (Jan 23): Encountering the charges being made against him by agitating employees over ad-hoc appointment of Controller of Examinations (COEs) in Himachal Pradesh University, Vice-chancellor SK Gupta has claimed that the agitating employee leaders have vested interests and were spoiling the peaceful atmosphere of the campus for political gains. He asserted that legal opinion had been sought, beside relevant rules being taken care of before appointing new COEs.
Gupta stated in a release issued today that the appointment of Controller of Examinations was within the Act, statues and ordinances of the university and not against law, as alleged by agitating Jointly Action Committee (JAC). Justifying his action, the VC said, “Statue 4-A(2) gives powers to me to make such appointment and as far as Ordinance-27.5 is concerned, it lays down the minimum qualification of Registrar, which are applicable to the COEs.”
He alleged that the JAC was hiding the fact that Ordinance-27.5 not only requires 5 yrs experience as a principal in a college affiliated to or maintained by the university but it also lays down further four qualifications to be eligible for the post. “One of the conditions is 10 years of administrative experience in a university or an education institution.”
VC stated that the present incumbent fulfils this condition and was fully eligible for appointment on this post. Gupta further stated that this appointment was only made to maintain the secrecy of examination work, as Planning & Development Officer and ad-hoc Additional Controller of Examination of the university are about to retire within a period of eight months.
VC warned and appealed to all employees that administration would deal firmly with those who were not attending their offices properly after lunch time. A circular to this effect has already been issued by the Registrar and all branch officers have been asked to submit absentee statements to the Registrar, he stressed.
He cautioned the agitating employees that if there would be any delay in the declaration of some results, issue of roll numbers to under-graduate students and any other examination work, the JAC would be solely responsible for it.