Posted: UPDATE – 12:18 AM, Sun – Nov 20
Hyderabad: While thousands of aspirants are eagerly awaiting teacher recruitment in state universities, Raj Bhavan has continued to delay approval of the Telangana University Common Recruitment Board Bill for the past two months.
This is despite the fact that a team led by Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy personally met Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan a week ago to allay the concerns raised by her. Delays in agreeing to the bill are taking a toll on unemployed youth and teacher job seekers.
The Minister of Education’s team has informed the Governor that state university recruitment will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Universities Grants Commission (UGC).
It also informed her that Schedule 3 of the UGC Regulations – on the minimum qualifications for the appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges – was also included in the draft regulations.
Higher education officials have explained to the governor that, in past hiring, if a candidate with multiple job offers on hand had to choose one, the university’s position would go unfilled. This is not the case with unified university admissions.
However, the Governor has sought a response from the UGC on the provisions in the bill, according to officials. “We are ready to issue announcements for more than 2,000 teaching positions at universities within a month of the governor’s approval,” a senior official said.
Since the 1960s, Bihar has been recruiting faculty for its universities through a separate committee, similar to the practice of the Telangana University Common Recruitment Committee.
So far, universities in the state have been doing their own hiring, which has allowed room for corruption and favoritism. On top of that, several of these hires have run into legal hurdles, leading to delays in appointments.
In order to ensure a transparent and fast selection process without any corruption and favoritism, the state government has formed boards which will recruit teaching and non-teaching positions in 15 universities, apart from medical universities.
The entire recruitment process will be done by the board, from notification to interview. Eligible candidates will be screened through a written test and shortlisted will be interviewed based on test scores and roster scores.
Interviews will be conducted by a panel of Vice-Chancellors and subject experts as per UGC norms. “The interview process is designed in such a way that the candidate does not know which committee he will be sent to for the interview,” the official said.
Selected candidates will be asked to give their preference for the university they wish to attend. Candidates will be assigned to colleges based on grades, retention rules and preferences. The appointment will be approved by the University’s Administrative Committee.