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Proposed law: Maharashtra Universities-college committee to appoint teachers

A new set of statutes (by-laws) on teacher recruitment propose that the selection committee, which hires teachers at these colleges, will now be formed jointly by the university and the respective college.

mumbai Updated: Feb 17, 2018 01:35 IST
Musab Qazi
Musab Qazi
Hindustan Times
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Presently, these committees are decided by the governing council of respective colleges.(HT File)

To ensure transparency and uniformity in teacher recruitment in universities and their affiliated colleges, the state government is planning to provide universities a say in the recruitment process of autonomous and minority colleges.

A new set of statutes (by-laws) on teacher recruitment propose that the selection committee, which hires teachers at these colleges, will now be formed jointly by the university and the respective college.

Presently, these committees are decided by the governing council of respective colleges.

“There are doubts about the recruitment in minority and autonomous colleges. We have suggested that they send their university a list of six experts. The varsity will form a committee consisting of three of those experts,” said RS Mali, former vice-chancellor of North Maharashtra University, Jalgaon, who heads the statute drafting panel.

Once finalised, these statutes will supplement the Maharashtra Public Universities Act 2016, enacted last year, and will be applicable to all 11 non-agricultural universities in the state.

“We will consult the stakeholders before preparing the final draft,” said an aide to education minister Vinod Tawde.

Mali justified the proposed by-law by pointing out that all the colleges benefit from government aid.

He also assured that the colleges will continue to have their freedom in choosing teachers.

Zaheer Kazi, president, Anjuman-e-Islam, which runs several minority colleges in the state, said this provision is a way of interfering in the affairs of minority institutes.

“Any interference in minority institutes, even if they are aided by the government, violates section 30 of the constitution,” he said.

The draft statutes have proposed a standardised scoring system to evaluate teaching candidates.

The teachers will now be recruited based on their performance on parameters such as academic background, research performance and domain and knowledge skills.

The interview will be conducted privately and the video will be made available to the university.

“We have come up with a well-defined recruitment process for hiring all three categories of teachers - assistant professor, associate professor and professor.

Earlier, evaluation parameters were decided at the instance of the interview,” said Mali.

First Published: Feb 17, 2018 01:35 IST