JU registrar’s appointment ‘illegal’: Faculty, officials write to Guv
Jammu, Sep 29: The faculty members and officials of University of Jammu (JU) have
written to Governor Satya Pal Malik opposing the recent decision of appointing
Prof. R. K. Ganjoo as the varsity’s Registrar.
On Friday, Prof. Ganjoo was given the
charge of Registrarship of University of Jammu.
In a letter written to Governor Malik a day
later, the faculty members and officials of the university have claimed that
Prof. Ganjoo was “ineligible” for the post.
“The Date of birth of Prof.R. K. Ganjoo is
11.4.1959 and retirement age of officers in the University of Jammu is 60
years. He is as such ineligible to hold any substantive administrative position
in the University,” reads the letter, a copy of which was accessed by The
The letter adds that Prof Ganjoohas been
declared “ineligible by the Committee constituted to determine the eligibility
of candidates applying for the position of Registrar/Controller/DCD on the
basis of his age which is on display on the University website.”
The order, the letter adds, has “generated
shock waves among the teaching fraternity and officer cadre of the University
not only because of this order being in contravention of the statutes but also
due to the kind of negative reputation that Prof. Ganjoo carries.”
He, the faculty and officials allege, is the
only teacher of the University whose membership of the Jammu university teacher
association has been terminated.
“There are innumerable verbal and written
complaints of his misbehaviour pending against him with regard to losing
temper, shouting, throwing files at people, banging tables using abusive
language and abusive body language in official meetings and not even sparing
lady colleagues,” reads the letter.
It further says that Prof. Ganjoo’s
appointment in a “peculiar and clandestine manner is part of the conspiracy
hatched to give him the charge of Registrar at a critical juncture when the
University is in the process of spending Rs. 100 crores under RUSA grants.”
“It is no surprise that the officers
handling this grant in various capacities have been changed many times in the
last few months and external engineers and advisors are being brought in to
spend this money and ignoring the University works department,” it reads.
It further says that the AR promotion
controversy was the “brainchild of Prof. Ganjoo who wanted to garner the
support of the few officers in lieu of their undue promotions.”
“So a conspiracy was hatched wherein these
officers went on protest leave and Prof. Ganjoo was appointed as a negotiator
who entered into an unholy pact with these ARs and said he had to be the
Registrar of the University to get them the relaxation that they were seeking,”
reads the letter.
“Pertinent to mention here that there is a
career advancement scheme of the University approved by the UGC/MHRD. However
these few officers were seeking relaxation of eligibility conditions under this
scheme and the matter was placed in the 82nd University Council meeting and
then in 83rd University Council meeting and finally referred to the Financial
Advisor who vide letter no. FA/UNI/Adoption/Pay scale/JU/ 2017/343 dt:
30.7.2018 advised the University that there should be no deviation from the
Career Advancement Scheme as updated by the MHRD dated 2.1.2017 and orders if
any issued in contravention of the scheme should be processed to be modified,”
the letter adds.
“In view of the above facts, it is
requested that keeping the interest, sanctity and good image of the university,
the directions be issued to the University to withdraw the order of appointment
of Prof. Ganjoo and an enquiry be ordered by an authority as deemed fit to look
into the manner of appointment and intent of such an order by the University,”
the letter concludes.