“High level probe sought from Guv to restore sanctity of Ph.D admission”
Jammu: Guided by his whims and vagaries, Head of Education Department in Jammu University is running as a parallel administrative unit within the campus with its Head carrying on the process of Ph.D admission ignoring rules and regulations for admission in Ph.D without any fear of higher administrative set up of the university.
Sources in the University informed that one RTI activist has been demanding the information from the Head of the Department, Education, JU since 2016, but instead of providing him with the accurate information in one go pertaining to Ph.D admission in the Department, the concerned activist is being dodged on one pretext or the other by feeding him with irrelevant information.
Sources further informed that after moving out of erstwhile Prof. Renu Nanda from the Headship of the Department, the incumbent Head, Rajeev Rattan has rather crossed all the limits of standard operating procedures by grossly deviating from the University Statutes. During hearing of RTI case before the Ist Appellant Authority, the Registrar of Jammu University wanted to know about fixed criteria for Ph.D admission to which Prof Rajeev Rattan, Head of Education expressed his total ignorance about the criteria for admission in Ph.D as well as about its record in the Department pertaining to RTI, in question.
Dubbing the Department of Education as private company within the university, sources expressed deep apprehensions about malfunctioning of the Department under the nose of Vice Chancellor saying that Head of the Department and DRC members are allegedly running nexus to accommodate their blue-eyed candidates for Ph.D admission without following rules and regulations for unknown consideration promoting a reign of nepotism where likelihood of rampant corruption cannot be glossed over. Sources further disclosed that during the period of previous Head, Prof. Renu Nanda ignored the Research Scholars while recommending and providing a scholarship in favour of favourite candidates at the cast of meritorious scholars who genuinely deserved the same. The present Head of Department, Prof. Rajeev Rattan seems to be following her footprints to maintain the same unhealthy precedent inimical to the interests of Scholars.
Sources added that the incumbent Vice-Chancellor seems to be lacking grip over such as Departments working under his administrative control paving way for downgrading the academic standard of the university. They demanded from the Governor, who is Chancellor of Jammu University, a thorough investigation in the matter to smash hegemony of such Heads of the Department's hell-bent to ruin the academic atmosphere in the campus.