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CBI raid at Hamirpur NIT
Rakesh Lohumi
Tribune News Service

Shimla, April 17
The functioning of the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Hamirpur, has come under a scanner following a raid by the CBI that took away some records pertaining to recruitments made in the institute.

According to sources, the raid was conducted on the basis of a complaint received by the apex investigating agency alleging irregularities in promotions and recruitments. The director and faculty members were taken by surprise as the CBI team headed by SP R Upasak arrived at the institute around 10 am. The team spent the entire day on the campus scrutinising records.

While the members of the team and director of the institute Prof IK Bhat refused to give any details about the raid, sources said the records seized by the agency pertained to recruitment of academic staff in 2007. The team would carry the seized records to its head office for further investigation.

Earlier, the teachers’ union had alleged irregularities in promotions and appointments made in the institute. Its grouse was that relaxations were being granted selectively to benefit the favoured. It had also demanded a uniform recruitment policy and framing of recruitment and promotion rules in accordance with the NIT Act and the new guidelines of the union human resource ministry.

Representative of the union had also met the chairman of the board of governors and taken up the matter with him. An internal inquiry was ordered, but no follow-up action was taken in the matter. Resentment had been brewing among the staff because of the failure of the management to take prompt action and settle their grievances.

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