IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
GAUTAM KUMAR AND ANR ..... Petitioners
Through: Mr. Vikram Mehta, Mr. Arjun Natarajan and Mr. Anshuman
OIL AND NATURAL GAS CORPORATION LTD
AND ANR. ..... Respondents
Through : Mr. Ashwani K. Dubey, Advocate for R-2
HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE RAJIV SHAKDHER
O R D E R
Allowed subject to just exceptions.
The grievance of the petitioners is that, respondent no.1 has
excluded the petitioners for appointment to the post of Graduate Trainee
on the purported ground that the qualification obtained by him is not
equivalent to a two years MBA course.
It is averred that the petitioners have obtained a degree in Post
Graduate Diploma Management Course (in short PGDM) from the Goa Institute
of Management (in short GIM). It appears that pursuant to an
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advertisement issued by respondent no.1 being advertisement no.3/2012,
the petitioners made an application. Pursuant to which, they were
invited to take a written examination.
It is the case of the petitioner that they qualified the written
examination and consequently were called for an interview. The
petitioners aver that just before the interview, they were informed
albeit orally by the Selection Panel that they would not be interviewed
as the degree obtained by them was not equivalent to a full time two years MBA course. The learned counsel for the petitioner says that this
reasoning is flawed. He has referred me to the down load from the
website of respondent no.2 i.e., Association of Indian Universities (in
short A.I.U.), which has granted equivalence to the PGDM course offered
by various universities including that offered by GIM with MBA.
It is the case of the petitioner that even prestigious institutions,
such as, IIMs at Ahmedbad, Lucknow, Indore and Bangalore offer PGDM
courses, which are equated, with a full time two years MBA course.
It is the petitioner?s case that, they had been informed of their
rejection on 29.01.2013 pursuant to which a legal notice was issued to
respondent no.1, on 06.02.2013. The petitioners aver that, despite
which, no corrective course has been adopted by respondent no.1.
Issue notice to the respondents.
Mr. Dubey accepts notice on behalf of respondent no.2.
On steps being taken, notice shall issue to respondent no.1.
Counter affidavit, if any, be filed within four weeks. Rejoinder
thereto, be filed before the next date of hearing.
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List on 15.07.2013.
In view of the above, till the next date of hearing, status quo as
of today, will be maintained qua two posts of Graduate Trainee. It is
made clear that this interim protection is being granted premised on the
ground that all posts of Graduate Trainees has not been filled up.
Dasti under the signatures of the Court Master.
RAJIV SHAKDHER, J
MARCH 13, 2013
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