Complaint against NBRI director for fudging CV
15 Apr 2009, 0155 hrs IST, Neha Shukla, TNN
GBPUAT, Pantnagar, said that Dr Rakesh Tuli, director, NBRI did not pass MSc in three subjects — genetics, biochemistry and plant breeding, as mentioned by him in his CV. The director’s CV talks of several facts which RTI responses provided by the universities contradict.
Could it be a case of a botched CV? It is now up to the prime minister to find out. A complaint containing several such revelations has been forwarded to the PM after being endorsed by the chairman, public accounts committee. The complaint has been filed by a local, Naveen Gupta who gathered the `quoted’ information by way of RTI.
GBPUAT states that Tuli was awarded the MSc degree with major in genetics and minor in bio-chemistry. The fact that Tuli has a PhD degree in botany in first division from Gujarat University has also run into trouble after Gujarat University informed that he was not awarded PhD degree in 1982 by it. The university further clarified that there is no system to award class/grade while awarding PhD degree.
Tuli had been the applicant for the same post twice in the past. But he was rejected in 1997-98 and 1998-99 by the prime minister on the ground that he had used `political pull against conduct rules’. Little success came his way in 2,000 when he got selected as director, Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP).
But before he could take over, the then minister of science and technology, Murli Manohar Joshi recommended SPS Khanuja for the post. “To his indiscretion he pleaded for his case and also spoke lightly about other scientists,” wrote Joshi in his letter, while turning down Tuli’s appointment.
The complaint says that `misrepresentations’ do not end here. The director had allegedly fudged information under heads like national competitive research grants awarded to him by governmental agencies, inter-institutional team work and skills in industrial networking.
Appointing a director for CSIR (Council for scientific and industrial research) laboratory calls for responsible selection. The search committee is constituted for the purpose by the vice-president (minister of science and technology) of CSIR which comprises a chairman, six experts and DG, CSIR.
But in case of Tuli the committee reportedly bypassed the norms to appoint him as the director. However, sources added, “things have started moving at the level of CSIR though proceedings might not come out in the open”.
Courtesy: Times of india