The India Post,Chandigarh. July 18:In separate complaints to the Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University and the Director, Higher Education, Chandigarh the teachers’ union of the DAV College, Sector 10, Chandigarh has pointed out that in grave violation of rules Ms Meenu Vadhera, a lecturer from DAV College, Abohar has been transferred as lecturer in Zoology to the DAV College, Sec 10, Chandigarh.
The members of the union are greatly agitated over this serious violation and have appealed to the authorities to enforce the existing rules and regulations in the college and urged them to revoke the illegal transfer orders.
Prof. Anil Sarwal, Secretary of the teachers’ union said, ‘This transfer is illegal because under the Punjab Affiliated Colleges (Security of Service of Employees) Act 1974 / Panjab University Calendar / Panjab University Act / Education Department, Chandigarh rules no such transfers are allowed. This is a well established fact and a few years back the transfer of Dr. R.C. Jeewan to DAV College, Chandigarh as the Principal from DAV College, Kangra by the DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi was rejected by both the Education Department, Chandigarh and the Panjab University, Chandigarh.’
Prof. A.K. Taneja, President of the teachers’ union said, ‘Seniority of college staff has to be drawn college-wise. The DAV College, Chandigarh has a separate Governing Body than that of DAV College, Abohar from where the transfer has taken place. And since there is no common cadre of employees between the two colleges there cannot be any appointment of staff by way of transfer. Even Prof. B. C. Josan, the present principal came to Chandigarh from Abohar after following the proper procedure.’
Prof Arun Aggarwal, Vice-President of the teachers’ union said, ‘ Further, it is the Governing Body of the College which is the "appointing authority" of the staff in the college and a teacher’s contract is with the Governing Body of his/her College. The staff working in the Colleges is not in the employment of DAV College Managing Committee, New Delhi but they are the employees of their respective Colleges. And, it is the College that is affiliated to the Panjab University and is obliged to follow the rules/regulations of the University because it enjoys the privileges of affiliation.’
Prof. Amanendra Mann, Joint Secretary of the teachers’ union said, ‘Moreover, the Education Department, Chandigarh orders relating to release of quarterly grants state that all appointments to the posts of lecturers and Principal are to be made on merit and on the basis of open advertisement and through Employment Exchange to which D.P.I. (C) or his nominee will be invited and all selection of staffs (Teaching as well as non-teaching) will be done by the duly constituted Selection Committee(s) of Panjab University, Chandigarh.’
Prof. Avanindra Chopra, Staff Secretary said, ‘In the present case none of the fixed criteria have been followed. The appointment has been done without any advertisement; without the permission of the Employment Exchange or the Education Department, Chandigarh; and, not by the duly constituted Selection Committee(s) of Panjab University, Chandigarh to which D.P.I. (C) or the V.C. or their nominees were invited; or, by the Governing Body of the college.’