With direct recruit professors at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences objecting to the seniority list put out by the institution on February 7 that placed professors who came in later under the Assessment Promotion Scheme as Additional Professors above them in seniority, the Central Administrative Tribunal has asked AIIMS to show that the directions in its order of February 28, 2011, which had mandated the ascertaining of seniority, was complied with while issuing the February 7 list.

A contempt petition was moved by five AIIMS professors in January stating that though nearly a year was over, the February 28 order was yet to be implemented. On that day, the CAT had directed “the respondent, AIIMS, to fix inter-se seniority between the applicants who are direct recruits, and identically situated persons who came to be appointed as professors with those who came under the APS scheme as expeditiously as possible and definitely within a period of two months. While taking the final call in the matter, surely the views of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Ministry of Law and Justice, and the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of Rashmi Srivastava versus Vikram University will be taken into consideration”.

The direct recruit professors claim the AIIMS “hastily” published the February 7 list during the pendency of the contempt petition and had not taken the views of the DoPT and the Law Ministry into consideration, both of which they said were favourable to their claims.

The matter will now come up for hearing on February 24.

  • Direct recruit professors object to seniority list

  • Tribunal asks AIIMS to show that it followed requisite directions while ascertaining seniority