THE EXECUTIVE Council of the Barkatullah University on Friday put on hold the appointment process of a lecturer in the Yoga Department. The EC cited that despite a decision during the last meeting of the council, the university had failed to get the norms for appointment of Yoga lecturer from the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The monthly meeting of the EC was held on Friday and the controversy surrounding the appointment process in the Yoga Department was one of the main points of discussion, university sources said.
Despite the ruling of EC that norms of appointment should be sought from UGC, the university went ahead with the interviews seeking directives from the chancellor’s office only. The university held candidates with MA in allied subjects including Sanskrit, Philosophy and Psychology as eligible for the post.
There were murmurs that the rules were framed to benefit the in-charge head of department who is a MA in Sanskrit and holds only a certificate in yoga. Sources said as per UGC norms, the candidates should either have PG degree in yoga, yogic science, yoga therapy or yoga studies or at least a one-year diploma in yoga from a reputed university.
The relaxation of norms by the authorities was shot down by the EC, which put on hold the appointment process until the university adhered to norms of the UGC.
PH D ADVERSE REPORT: Meanwhile in another controversial issue, the second Ph D by director of Physical Education Department of BU, Dr Akhilesh Sharma might run into trouble with the experts committee constituted to look into his second thesis reportedly submitting an adverse report at Friday’s EC.
University sources said that as per rules, following adverse reports, the thesis might be rejected. Dr Sharma reportedly did his second Ph D enumerating the effect of his first doctoral research (Effect of Yoga on the children in gas-affected children in age group of six to 14 years) on the same group of children. Quite a substantial part of his second thesis was thus a copy of the first doctoral work, sources said.
This generated controversy and an expert panel was constituted.
ONE POST REDUCED: In another decision that might generate a lot of controversy, the EC decided to reduce one post in the Department of Regional Planning and Economic Growth.
The appointments for five posts of lecturers in the department have already been done. However, later it was found that there were only four posts available in the department. The matter came before the EC today and it was decided that one post be reduced.
However, since appointments have already been finalised, the candidates are likely to take the matter to the court, university sources said.
The EC also took several other decisions including that the recent appointments of faculty members to the posts that did not have permission of State Government would be permissible only till March 2007.
The EC also ruled that open tender should be floated for the process of compilation of results for March 2007 exams. About six readers of the university were promoted as professors under the career advancement scheme and it was decided that advise of technical expert would be sought before taking up the work of spreading optical fibre network under the total computerisation project of the university.