By LE Desk

Shimla, April 19: The Himachal Pradesh High Court today issued notices to the Principal Secretary to Governor-cum-Chancellor, H.P. University, Dr Sikander Kumar, Vice Chancellor of H.P. University and Registrar of University on a petition challenging the appointment of Dr Sikander Kumar as Vice Chancellor of HP University.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice L Narayana Swamy and Justice Anoop Chitkara passed this order on a petition filed by one Dharam Pal Singh, who has alleged that the appointment of Dr Sikander Kumar has not been made in accordance with the UGC Regulations, 2010, which require that a person to be appointed as Vice-Chancellor must have an experience of 10 years as professor in university system or 10 years of experience in an equivalent position.

The court directed the respondents to file their replies and listed the matter for further hearing on May 20, The Tribune reported.

The petitioner alleged that Dr Sikander applied for the said post on July 16, 2018 and was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the university on August, 02, 2018. The petitioner has alleged that Dr Sikander misled the search committee regarding possessing experience of 10 years.

The petitioner has prayed to direct Dr Sikander Kumar to establish his eligibility for becoming Vice-Chancellor of the university as on the date of applying for the post of Vice-Chancellor.

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