Guv quashes ?contract? of three retd teachers
THE TERMINATION of three retired teachers and a ban on such appointments in the future has created difficulties for the Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriciulture and Technology (CSA) University management.india Updated: Jun 19, 2006 00:21 IST
THE TERMINATION of three retired teachers and a ban on such appointments in the future has created difficulties for the Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriciulture and Technology (CSA) University management. In the absence of adequate number of teachers, various departments would become idle from the forthcoming session and students would face teaching loss, as the University could not make fresh appointments. This, according to varsity sources, was due to technical and financial complexities.
The Governor had cancelled the appointment of three contract teachers at the University with immediate effect vide his order dated April 21, 2006, following a petition against appointment on contract basis.
The order of the Chancellor had directed the CSA Vice Chancellor that since they were empowered to appoint fresh teachers against vacant posts, they should avoid engaging retired teachers on contract basis on any pretext.
Consequently, the CSA authorities terminated the services of the three professors Dr DN Sharma, Dr Prakash Singh and Dr AS Bhadauria. All these professors had been engaged on contract basis after their retirement.
Earlier, Narendra Pal Singh had complained to the Chancellor, against glaring irregularities being committed at the CSA in appointing teachers.
In their reply, the university authorities held that they had chosen the procedure to facilitate the research scholars and the regular students in their academic pursuits. There was adequate provision in the salary budget for payment to these teachers and they were not appointed in a fix salary grade.
The teachers were appointed after getting the approval of the managing Board.
The Chancellor said that giving intimation of any wrong did not necessarily require that the complainant be an employee of an organization. Anyone had the right to bring any irregularity being committed by the university in connection with the UPAT University Act 1958 or the University rules into the notice of the authorities.
The Chancellor further held that if the posts were vacant, the university could have started the process of filling them instead of appointing retired teachers on contract basis.
The chancellor observed that since the university rules enacted in the chapter XXI provided that 'The age of superannuation for all classes of employees of the University shall be 60 years. In no case, extension or re-employment will be given to any of its employees,” there was no justification in appointing or extending the service period of a retired employee. Under the existing provisions, the contract-employment to a retired employee would be deemed as re-employment, which was not allowed, the Chancellor held.
He directed that no such appointments be made in future. Due procedure for making fresh appointments against vacant posts be adopted to fill the posts in the interests of the students, he directed.