DESPITE multiple letter from the College Grants Fee (UGC) and the state authorities expressing concern over allegedly “unlawful” promotion of lecturers on the College of Rajasthan, 205 in-service and retired lecturers have been promoted by it as professors.

In an order dated September 25, publish a hurriedly referred to as assembly of its Syndicate which many members stored out of, the college promoted 107 in-service and 98 retired affiliate professors — a part of the 272 it had appointed on an advert hoc foundation, with none choice course of, to fill vacancies.

On August 12, Prof R L Meena, a authorities nominee on the college’s Syndicate and Choice Committee, had first introduced the matter to the eye of the UGC, noting that the college was ignoring its 2018 rules on trainer appointments, which outmoded the 2010 norms on the identical. The UGC had then written to the College of Rajasthan demanding an evidence, adopted by a letter by the state Increased Schooling Secretary, N L Meena.

“The matter is within the data of the federal government. We’re analyzing it,” N L Meena advised The Indian Specific, including that the college appeared to have “interpreted” the UGC pointers.

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Defending the promotions, Vice-Chancellor Rajeev Jain mentioned: “No matter now we have completed, now we have completed based on the 2010 rules and its subsequent amendments. UGC too says (this) could be completed. We’ve not adopted the 2018 rules, however within the coming time, we are going to undertake them.”

To keep away from giving “hardship” to sure college members already up for promotion underneath present guidelines, Part 6.3 of the UGC’s 2018 rules had given the choice for promotion underneath the Profession Development Scheme underneath prevalent norms. It had mentioned this feature may very well be exercised as much as three years from the date of notification of the brand new rules.

In his letter, Meena wrote that the college “is conducting the choice course of” for promotions neither as per the 2010 nor the 2018 rules, and that the Profession Development Scheme possibility expired on July 17, 2021 (three years after the 2018 norms have been notified).

Jain, nevertheless, claimed that the state authorities had given the college permission to offer promotions underneath the scheme until September 30. “We got the extension in August,” he advised The Indian Specific.

Meena additionally identified that each the 2010 and 2018 rules state that for promotion underneath the Profession Development Scheme, an applicant trainer have to be enrolled and in lively service of the college/faculty on the date of consideration by the Choice Committee. This could have stored out the retired lecturers from consideration.

The UGC first wrote to the college on August 27, with the subject material ‘unlawful choice course of for promotion underneath Profession Development Scheme as Professor’, asking it “to look into the matter critically and make feedback on the earliest”.

The college continued to carry Choice Committee conferences until September 12.

Subsequently, the UGC once more wrote to Vice-Chancellor Jain on September 22 saying that the rules and amendments issued by the UGC “are obligatory in nature and can’t be ignored at any stage”. It once more requested the college that promotions “could kindly be carried out in accordance (with) the UGC Laws”.

On September 24, Secretary Meena wrote to the college with a “advice to proceed as per clear instructions” issued by the UGC.

The subsequent day, the college promoted 205 to the publish of professors.

Based on Meena, even the Syndicate assembly held that day concerned a number of violations. Aside from Meena, Congress MLA Amin Kagzi and Professor Alpana Kateja left the assembly, whereas Sandesh Nayak, Commissioner, School Schooling, and Governor’s nominee Dr Rajesh Singh, amongst others, stored away.

Meena mentioned that as per statutory provisions six individuals are required to satisfy the quorum for the Syndicate assembly. After he and the others left or didn’t attend, the six who remained included Dr Dilip Singh, a candidate into consideration for promotion. He ought to therefore have been disqualified from participation within the assembly, Meena mentioned.

Meena has additionally written a letter to Governor Kalraj Mishra, the Chancellor of state universities, noting this.

An official mentioned that contemplating the topic of the assembly, “sure members opted to avoid the assembly, which was anyway referred to as on a really brief discover”.

Kagzi mentioned he had demanded that the assembly comply with excessive court docket orders on the subject of promotions in addition to authorities pointers and the current letters. “We certainly need extra professors, however I wished the method to be examined. It must be clear and as per the legislation,” the Congress MLA mentioned.

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