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Delay in HBTI appointments hits teaching

DELAY IN making appointments of teachers in different disciplines at the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) was affecting the teaching, said members of the HBTI Teachers Association.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 00:01 IST

DELAY IN making appointments of teachers in different disciplines at the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute (HBTI) was affecting the teaching, said members of the HBTI Teachers Association.

Talking to Hindustan Times here on Thursday, the teachers said that as the institute had failed to meet the standards fixed by the World Bank for extending grants to the Engineering Institutes, the World Bank (WB) might suspend providing grant to the institute.

At present, there were about 26 vacancies in various departments.

Besides, filling the vacancies, the promotion of the teachers, under the Career Advancement Scheme (CAS), was overdue.

There were over 40 teachers who were waiting for promotion.

According to the teachers’ association all the promotion seekers, as per rule, would have to face an interview board consisted of the subject experts.

At the sixty-fourth meeting of the Board of Governors (BOG) of the Institute held on December 16, 2005, the members had unanimously directed the Institute authorities to conduct interviews under the CAS each year in January and July before holding interviews for the fresh appointments.

This was decided so that the existing teachers could avail the opportunity of appearing at the interview for being selected for higher posts.

However, ignoring the directives of the BOG, the institute had advertised for the interviews for the fresh appointments.

Later, on the persistent demand of teachers association, the interview letters were also issued to some of the teachers under the abolished scheme of “Personal Promotion Scheme”.

The Association members moved the High Court and obtained stay against holding the interviews for fresh appointments.

Nearly a month is about to end, the authorities had not taken any initiative in getting the stay vacated in consultation with the members of the teachers association. According to the member teachers of the Association, the students at the institute were facing problems due to inadequate teaching staff. At some of the departments, temporary teachers, who were not experienced much, were appointed.

The teachers of the association blamed the director of the Institute Dr RP Singh, who, ignoring the directives of the BOG, was stuck at holding the CAS and fresh interviews combined.

According to teachers during the past several years no interviews for CAS were held at the institute.

Members of the HBTI teachers association alleged that the interviews were manipulated just to benefit few teachers having high political connections in the government.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 00:01 IST