The Forum Against Corruption (FAC) formed to highlight alleged irregularities in recruitments of 250 teachers in Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) Shimla, has demanded the constitution of a Commission of Inquiry  headed by a sitting judge of Himachal Pradesh High Court.

Talking to media persons at Shimla on Thursday, former Deputy Mayor of Shimla Tikender Singh Panwar, High Court advocate Sanjiv Bhushan alleged, “The scale of corruption and violation of the procedures in the recruitment is so large that it does not just pertain to the recruitment of a few teachers but is a ‘fraud’ to benefit a few and deny the job opportunities to deserving teachers in the HPU.”

They charged, “The recruitments of Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant Professors made since 2014 till date have been done in contravention of UGC norms and provisions of HPU Act since, teaching experience, research and published work of many candidates were allegedly considered violating norms.”

Panwar and Bhushan said, “All these revelations have come to light on the basis of RTI information sought by the student organization SFI contained in thousands of pages exposing the recruitment irregularities.”

They said, “A thorough inquiry in the recruitments is very important as these are detrimental for maintaining academic standards in the HPU.”  

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