Decided on June 17,2020

Deepika Bhardwaj Appellant
STATE OF H.P. Respondents


Ajay Mohan Goel, J. - (1.)By way of this writ petition, the petitioner has prayed for the following reliefs:-
" i) That a writ in the nature of certiorari may kindly be issued for quashing the selection of respondents No.3 to 6 as lecturers (school cadre) Biology may be quashed and set aside by further quashing the result (Annexure P-7) declared by the respondents whereby the respondents No.3 to 6 have been selected.

ii) That a writ in the nature of mandamus may kindly be issued directing the respondents to declare the petitioner selected in the selection process to the post of Lecturer (school cadre) Biology on the basis of her academic qualification".

(2.)Brief facts necessary for the adjudication of the present petition are that process stood initiated by the respondents-State to fill up certain posts in the Education Department through Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board, Hamirpur, H.P. In this regard, an advertisement was issued i.e. advertisement No.13 of 2008, dated 20.09.2008 (Annexure R-3/1), appended with the reply of respondent No.3. As per this advertisement, the posts of Lecturers, School Cadre were advertised, which were to be filled up on contract basis. That posts were advertised in six fields namely Math's, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Commerce and Sanskrit. The essential qualification for a candidate to be eligible for consideration for appointment against the posts in issue was Master's Degree in the relevant subjects with Bachelor of Education or its equivalent or two years integrated M.Sc, B.Ed. course or its equivalent. Petitioner being eligible as per the advertisement, applied for being considered for appointment against the post of Biology under the General (un-reserved) quota. For this particular category, as per the advertisement in issue, 14 posts were available. The mode of selection provided in the advertisement for appointment to the post of Lecturer, School Cadre was:- (a) Objective type screening test consisting Syllabus concerned subject of Master Degree= 150 marks, General Knowledge= 50 marks, (b) Interview of those who qualify Objective Type screening test= 30 marks.
(3.)As the petitioner was successful in the screening test/written test, which was held by the Himachal Pradesh Subordinate Services Selection Board, she was invited for the personal interview vide Annexure P-6, for 20.05.2010.

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