Higher Education

Higher Education

Officer says NDA not into edu branch faculty hiring

PUBLISH DATE 4th July 2017

Deputy Commandant of National Defence Academy (NDA) Rear Admiral S K Grewal has said the academy has nothing do with the recruitments of teaching faculties in its education branch, as it is done by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC) in co-ordination with the ministry of defence (MoD).

Speaking to TOI about the CBI's move to initiate a preliminary inquiry against 13 teaching faculty members at the NDA, Grewal said, “We are aware of the inquiry. The agency has seized some documents and the inquiry is on. We will hand over whatever documents the agency may require in future and will wait for the outcome.“

The faculty members include readers, associate professors and professors. Grewal, who is also chief instructor of the academy , said, “The NDA does not have any role in recruiting staff for its education branch. The faculty members concerned had submitted their documents to the UPSC and the MoD at the time of their appointment. Our endeavour is to provide best teaching facilities to the cadets. If there is any issue with their (staff) documents, it is for the UPSC and the MoD to probe.“

M R Kadole, the CBI Pune unit's superintendent of police (SP), has already confirmed that a preliminary inquiry is into the allegations.“We have sought certain documents from the UPSC, MoD and the NDA. Our investigation is on. It won't be be appropriate to elaborate any further for now,“ he told TOI on Monday .

According to CBI sour ces, the probe agency had seized as many as 40 files and a cupboard from the education branch in March last year and the ongoing preliminary enquiry is the result of a scrutiny of these documents.