JAMMU, July 13. As complaints of violation of statutes and whimsical functioning of the Vice Chancellor of the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) Prof. Ashok Aima are increasing, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has focused its attention towards the campus. The CBI is already investigating into the irregularities that have been done by Prof.Aima and the Registrar, Mr.Jit Singh, in the selection process for various posts including that of PRO.
Violation of the Statutes and Ordinances by Prof.Aima has come to the fore with a senior professor and a former acting VC of the CUJ Prof.Devanand shooting a complaint listing the irregularities to the President of India, Mr.Pranab Mukherjee, who by the virtue of being Visitor is the top most authority of the central universities.
In his letter to the President, it has been highlighted that in clear violation of University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, a temporary re-employed professor at the Central University of Jammu (CUJ) has been appointed chairman of the selection committee for recruitment of permanent employees in the Group C category. He has also sent copies of the letter to all members of the executive council of the CUJ that is scheduled to meet in Jammu on July 15 to give its green signal to these appointments that have generated a controversy.
The whimsical functioning of these two functionaries has put the upcoming CUJ in a bad light.
Appointing a temporary employee as convener of various committees is contrary to university laws. I am the senior-most professor of the university, but my seniority was repeatedly ignored. Therefore, all these committees are illicit and the decisions taken by them should be pondered upon, Prof.Devananand claimed in the letter.
The former acting VC, while making a specific reference, said the university recently constituted a committee for permanent selection of Group C workers.
“As per Ordinance 24(5) of the university, the constitution of the selection committee for Group C workers will comprise dean of school of study to be nominated by the VC as chairman, one member of the executive council, two members of the teaching staff, one expert not in service of the university, head of the department concerned and Registrar of the university as member and convener of the committee,” he said.
He added that a temporary re-employed professor at the university was made the chairman of the selection committee in clear violation of UGC guidelines.
Prof.Aima before proceeding on a month long leave abroad last month had allegedly violated the UGC guidelines by appointing the same temporary employee acting VC in his absence ignoring the fact that Prof. Devanand besides being the senior most member of the faculty had also been acting VC after the term of Mr.SS Bleoria expired and search for the new VC was on.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already initiated enquiry into the reports of irregularities in the recruitment process for the post of PRO in the CUJ. In the absence of Prof.Aima, the CBI had summoned the Registrar of the CUJ to the CBI headquarters at Bahu Plaza in Jammu.