THE CONTROVERSY surrounding the recent appointment process in Barkatullah University (BU) is refusing to die down. Now a contract teacher of the university has placed a memorandum before the Registrar charging that the reservation rules were flouted in the appointment process and demanding that the process be cancelled.
The candidate, along with others, has also met the Principal Secretary of the Higher Education Department Dr Bhagirath Prasad in this connection. The candidate is claiming that since the university considered each department as a unit while calculating the reserved posts, the total number of reserved posts was effectively reduced drastically.
The candidate told the Hindustan Times that of the 50 posts advertised, 10 posts should have been reserved for ST candidates, eight for SC candidates and seven for OBC candidates as per reservation rules. But since various departments were considered separate units, the calculations of reserved posts got askew and 16 posts became reserved for ST, two for SC and seven for OBCs. The candidate has demanded that the entire appointment process be cancelled and held afresh with proper reservation consideration.
However, Vice-Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi, told the Hindustan Times that the university has followed the rule prevalent in all universities of the State and that the advertisement clearly mentioned this aspect. He said he hardly had any role to play in the matter and there is no point in taking up the matter after the process is over. He, however, conceded that the Higher Education Department had in the past suggested that the university — and not departments — should be treated as a unit for reservation calculation, but the decision did not come into force.
Appointment orders issued
DESPITE THE raging controversy and several objections, the Barkatullah University has come out with formal orders of appointments for some of the posts. Vice-Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi has said that orders of only those posts have been issued for which there were no major objections.
The posts include that of a professor and two lecturers of RPEG Department and one reader each of Biotechnology and Applied Geology. Also, orders of some career advancements have been issued and include one each in RPEG, Computer Science, Limnology and Arabic Departments and two in Psychology department. Also soon orders of other clear appointments would be issued.
Vice-Chancellor Prof R S Sirohi said that only two cases have objections – one of Physics Department and another of Management Department. The cases of SC candidates that had some confusion have been referred to the GAD, he added.