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IIM Director at finish of time period, his undergrad diploma nonetheless not with Centre

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IIM Director at end of term, his undergrad degree still not with Centre

BARELY 5 months are left for the five-year time period of Director, Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak, to finish, and the Union Government remains to be attempting to pay money for his undergraduate diploma.
Records present that the Education Ministry has written twice to IIM Rohtak Director Dheeraj Sharma this yr asking him for verified copies of his academic certificates to which the Director hasn’t replied. This even because the Centre defends his appointment in court docket in opposition to allegations of ineligibility.
The Ministry’s first letter went out February 18, a reminder (on not receiving Sharma’s response) was despatched June 28.
Sharma’s appointment has been challenged within the Punjab & Haryana High Court. The petitioner has alleged that the Director, amongst different issues, misrepresented his academic {qualifications} and is ineligible to carry the submit.
A primary-class Bachelor’s diploma is a pre-requisite for getting appointed as Director. However, whereas the Education Ministry has copies of Sharma’s MBA diploma from Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar University and PhD diploma from Louisiana Tech University (LTU), US, it has no official report of his undergraduate diploma. It’s not clear how Sharma’s appointment was authorised in February 2017 with out this doc.
The Ministry’s senior counsel, it has been learnt, who’s representing the federal government within the Punjab and Haryana High Court, suggested the federal government to acquire Sharma’s undergraduate diploma and file it in court docket to “negate the primary contention of the petitioner” relating to his academic qualification.
In its affidavit lastly filed in February this yr, the federal government defended the appointment and urged the court docket to dismiss the plea saying the petitioners haven’t any locus standi. It mentioned that not one of the 60 candidates for the Director’s job had challenged the appointment.

The Ministry filed copies of Sharma’s MBA and PhD levels however not his undergraduate diploma. Subsequently, it despatched him two reminders.
When requested by The Indian Express about this lacking diploma, Sharma declined to remark.
Sources near him mentioned he had offered the Ministry “whatever it needed” to confirm his eligibility. He holds an undergraduate diploma from Delhi University, the supply added.
The Education Ministry didn’t reply to an electronic mail asking how Sharma’s appointment was authorised with out his Bachelor’s diploma on report and what had it carried out within the absence of a reply from Sharma.
Asked if Sharma had submitted proof of his Bachelor’s diploma on the time of looking for admission to its PhD programme, LTU Legal Counsel Justin Kavalir mentioned that he did since it’s “required with the application”.

“Due to record retention, copies for this student would not be kept any longer. If we did, they would not be released,” Kavalir wrote in an electronic mail reply to The Indian Express.
Sharma obtained his PhD in 2006.
He was appointed Director of IIM-Rohtak on February 10, 2017. Before that he was a professor at IIM, Ahmedabad. According to the institute’s web site, Sharma’s “primary research interests are ‘relationships’ in the business domain.”