RESENTMENT IS brewing among senior teachers of the Government Central Institute of Textile (GCIT) over appointment of a junior teacher as director of the institute. The new director is said to have got the post due to his high political connections.
According to the institute sources, GCIT director Dr Anita Nishkam was on long leave due to her illness. In the absence of director, a senior most professor Dr PN Misra was given the charge on ad hoc basis till the State Government appointed an acting director.
The government reportedly asked the institute to furnish the seniority list to appoint the acting director. It was also proposed that a senior professor with a degree in Textile Engineering should be preferred for the post.
Consequently, three days back Pramod Diwakar was given the charge of acting director in the morning but in the afternoon he was removed from the post. On the same day, the charge was given to Mahendra Diwakar. This created an unprecedented scene at the GCIT. A large number of students exchanged hot words with the two claimants.
Finally, the government appointed Mahendra Uttam, an assistant professor with a degree in Textile Engineering as the acting director ignoring the seniority list. It is also said that the new acting director was brother of Samajwadi Party MLC Naresh Uttam.
Dr PN Misra said that he was the only assistant professor, who was on permanent posting whereas the other three assistant professors Pramod Diwakar, Mahendra Uttam and Alok Kumar were selected by the Selection Board and were on probation. He further said that as per the Service rules teachers during probation could not be assigned any administrative posts.
He, however, said that he had already submitted complete information to the State Government for consideration..
Some teachers told HT that since the institute had enough fund, every teacher wanted to grab the post.