The Higher Education department of the State Government on Tuesday issued an order in this regard.
As per the order, Abhaya Kumar Mohanty’s placement as Reader with effect from January 2, 1997 in the pay scale of Rs 12,000-420-Rs 18,300 via notification dated May 3, 2008 on the basis of fake refresher certificate has been cancelled and accordingly his claim for pensionary benefits in the revised scale of pay is rejected for being devoid of merit.
Notably, participation in two refresher courses of at least four weeks duration each was the eligibility criterion for placement in Reader grade.
In 2008, Abhaya was promoted to the post of Reader retrospectively from January 2, 1997. Later, allegations were received that he had produced fake refresher course certificate.
Subsequently, the Higher Education department initiated a probe into the matter and found that the certificate of refresher courses course period from December 1 to 28, 1993 claimed to be issued by Berhampur University was a fake.
Accordingly, the department had stopped Abhaya’s promotional arrears in 2009.
Abhaya however moved to the Orissa High Court in 2010 seeking payment of his arrear salary as Reader in English at Kandarpur College and pensionary benefits as per the revised scale of pay. He contended the court that the refresher course was not necessary, citing that UGC in 2008 exempted college teachers, superannuating within three years, from such training for getting promotion.
The High Court in April this year disposed of the matter with the observation that it needs to be verified by the department authorities.
The department however rejected Abhaya’s claim saying that the UGC circular was not applicable to his cases as the gap between his promotion to Reader and his superannuation is more than 13 years.