ATSUM raises posers on MU guest faculty recruitment process

CHRONICLE BUREAU
IMPHAL, 4th Oct: Alleging violation of UGC norms in the recruitment of faculties of Manipur Central University, All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) has demanded MU authority to rectify the matter at the earliest.
In a statement, ATSUM said that they have taken the matter to the knowledge of the MU administrator with the appeal for rectification or cancellation of the recruitment process but no initiatives have been taken up till date.
As per UGC norms, members of the selection committee should have one expert in the subject concerned, a faculty not below the rank of a full-fledged professor, nominated by the vice-chancellor. However, in terms of political science, the expert Dhruba Pratim Sharma is an associate professor of political science in Gauhati University, and as such the selection committee was constituted while flouting the UGC norms, ATSUM maintained.
It further stated that the selection committee was constituted whimsically and interview was held just to select those candidates who are personally close to the head of the department. It further maintained that at least one candidate from ST community should have been selected in the social science stream for the sake of fairness as social science is the traditional forte of ST candidates. Such act could have balanced the dismal representation of less than 3 per cent of ST out of 7.5 per cent reserved seats in faculty positions.
ATSUM then questioned the sanctity of the institution and wondered why not a single post was given to ST candidates despite some candidates getting enviably high academic score. The matter was placed before the MU administrator on September 7 with an appeal to nullify the recruitment but no action was taken so far, the statement said while demanding the head of Political Science department to resign on moral ground since the head consciously manipulated the process.
ATSUM strongly condemned the culture in Manipur University where few authorities and teaching faculties see the university as their fiefdom in order to achieve their ill objectives. It then warned of launching various forms of agitation if the MU authority fails to rectify the matter at the earliest.


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