FACED WITH a barrage of complaints regarding irregularities in the recently conducted faculty appointment process, the vice-chancellor of Barkatullah University Prof R S Sirohi said all complaints will be examined in detail and appointment orders would be issued only after they are cleared up.
He also said any cases with doubts would be put before the Executive Council of the University for final clearance. Complaints of irregularities have been made at various levels - the BU establishment office, the registrar’s office, the Vice-Chancellor’s office and at the Raj Bhavan (the Chancellor’s office). There also seems to be a clear resentment in various university related circles and protests were being raised.
Allegations range from favouritism, violation of rules regarding constitution of selection committees, selection criteria of candidates to disregard of the State Government and so on.
Although appointment letters are yet to be issued, names of selected candidates were made known to the Executive Committee of the University during a meeting held recently.
Major complaints are regarding the appointment of a professor in the Department of Physics who had allegedly applied only for the post of reader.
This candidate was reportedly asked to submit his application for post of Professor after the official last date. Similarly, a woman candidate who has completed her Ph D only three years ago has been selected as professor for Department of RPEG in violation of rules.
The appointment at the post of lecturer in the Yoga Department of a woman candidate whose educational qualifications did not make her eligible for the post raised a storm in the last EC meeting.
The presence of the University Board of Studies member on the selection committee of Department of Law was also in violation of rules.
The fact that two members of the application scrutiny committee were themselves candidates for different posts has also raised questions.
The Vice-Chancellor has also been accused of not following the roster system for Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates, not adhering to norms of reservation for women candidates, not taking State Government clearance for some of the posts filled up and so on.
However, while talking to Hindustan Times the vice-chancellor sought to clarify each of the allegations and said if there was any merit in any of the complaints he would take the matter before the Executive Committee and other orders of appointments in such cases would be issued only after the EC clears the matter.
As for the State Government clearance of posts (about 14 posts under 10th five year plan), he said the UGC had already suggested an alternative that the university could make provision for such unapproved posts in its own budget.
The UGC bears the salary expenditure of the faculty members for five years following which the State Government is expected to share the burden.
The VC said the State Government has already been requested to do so and if it does not come out with financial approval of posts by the deadline of March 2007, budgetary provision for such posts will be made during next financial year.
He said complaints regarding the appointments in Physics Department, MBA Department and RPEG would be especially looked into. As for the Yoga Department appointment, he has already written to the UGC asking for clear norms of appointment.
He said the SC/ST roster has been followed but the order of these reserved category candidates would be issued only after the clearance by General Administration Department of the State Government.