NEW DELHI: All appointments made at the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai from 1995 to 2000 will come under the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigations) scanner.
The CBI investigation has been ordered by the Madras High Court on a petition filed by Dr Vasantha Kandasamy who has so far written over 650 research papers and authored 81 books.
Currently as Associate Professor at the IIT, she had moved the court in 1996 after she was overlooked for promotion twice. Instead, two faculty members who didn’t meet the qualifications, were appointed in her place.
Disposing of her 17-year-old petition, the high court ordered the CBI probe and directed the IIT to elevate her as a professor in the math department.
According to the petitioner who was an assistant professor in 1995, she was denied promotion as as associate professor despite meeting all qualifications. She was again bypassed for the position of professor in 1996. Both the times, two faculty members who did meet the required qualifications were appointed.
According to the petition, one of the faculty member had a post-graduate in physics while the post required post-graduate degree in math. the other faculty member in whose favour she was overlooked didn’t even have first class post-graduate degree.