Professor candidates demand fresh recruitment process

IMPHAL, 30th July: Claiming that the previous government flouted norms prescribed by University Grant Commission (UGC) in the recruitment for 703 assistant professors following a cabinet decision taken on September 2, 2014, Association of Assistant Professor Eligible Candidates of Manipur (AAPECOM) has demanded the new government to conduct fresh recruitment.

In a statement, AAPECOM recalled that the government took the decision to regularise services of 418 part time lecturers working in different colleges of the state and conduct direct recruitment for 285 posts in order to fill the vacant posts of 703. Regarding the notification issued for fresh recruitment, the High Court of Manipur issued a directive to the state government to rectify errors in the notification with regard to seat reservation while observing that the government gave excess reservation to a particular group without valid reason.

However, the government did not comply with the court directive, it said. On the other hand, among the 418 part time lecturers, whose services were regularised, there were many ineligible candidates as per UGC norms, it alleged.

Despite these facts, the government provided a grace period of five years to such ineligible candidates to complete their M Phil and PhD degree and regularised their services while ignoring the fate of many eligible candidates.

Recalling how BJP, the then opposition party, reacted against the decision of the government, the statement appealed to the BJP government to nullify the appointment and conduct fresh recruitment through MPSC, failing which, the association will take the matter to the Supreme Court.

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