Shimla, Oct 19
Himachal Pradesh University which is a NAAC accredited “A” grade University recently, reportedly made an unique provision to allow direct entry of sons and daughter of its facility members in Ph.D courses.
However, condemning this news item appeared in some vernacular the HPU authorities said that Ph.D. admissions to the wards of HPU Employees in various subjects was done with due provision This was stated in a rebuttal issued by university spokesperson Dinesh Thakur on Monday.
Spokesperson not denying Ph.D direct admissions for the session 2021-22 to the sons of Vice Chancellor of HPU, Dr. Sikander Kumar i.e Nikhlesh Kumar Badoga and HPU University teacher Kuldeep Chand’s son Dheeraj Sonkhla and college teacher affiliated to HPU Kishori Lal’s daughter Dipti Thakur as ward members of faculty or employees said that this decision was duly approved by the executive council five years back.
Spokesperson said that such arrangement was made on the recommendation of the standing committee of the Academic Council and on demand of the employees for waiving off approved fee for supernumerary seats under SFS.
The clarification said that EC in …. spot discussion.. in its meeting held on August 21, 2021 approved admission in Ph.D. Course to wards of university employees with the regular admission schedule with one time payment of
fee of Rs. 1 lac.
Not only this, EC also approved one supernumerary seat each in all Ph.D. courses for Assistant Professors of the University and College Teachers; moreover. notification in this regard,was also issued on the HPU website.
The decision of EC would help even the lower staff of university to provide opportunity for the highest degree which was difficult with the earlier decision by paying heavy fee under Self- financing scheme, also appreciated by the media.
It is worthwhile to mention here that under the UGC guideline normal students who are not privileged enough to be the daughter and son of the faculty members or others have to qualify the National Eligibility (NET) and Junior Research Fellow test to apply and take admission in the Ph.D Courses in HPU.
Himachal Pradesh University which remained in the thick of controversy over flip flop policy of recruitment of faculty members, cases of corruptions in prospectus sale, PMT paper leak scam and tempering of mark-sheets etc shocked the people of state by granting special favor to Vice Chancellors, Director of University Institute information technology(UIIT) and Dean of Planning and Development, now has attempted to justify by citing the EC provisions.