Principals’ posting: senate sees shady deals

Senate member Prof Kailas Sonawane has alleged that monetary deals are rampant even in the recruitment of principals in University of Pune.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:March 29, 2009 3:48 am

Senate member Prof Kailas Sonawane has alleged that monetary deals are rampant even in the recruitment of principals in University of Pune (UoP). With barely two months to go for the high court deadline for all colleges to recruit principals,Sonawane asked the senate meeting on Saturday whether the authorities have come across cases of principal recruitment where monetary deals are involved.

Director of Board of Colleges and University Development (BCUD) Dr Pandit Vidyasagar denied of knowing any such instance.

“I am not aware of any deals taking place in the principal recruitment. However,if anyone brings such a case to the notice of university authorities,strict investigations and action will be taken,” he said. Vice-Chancellor Narendra Jadhav too agreed with him. Of the 526 UoP affiliated colleges,331 are without a full-time principal. Of these,302 are non-granted and 26 granted colleges.

The matter came up to discussion when Sonawane questioned whether there are any stipulated guidelines for principal recruitment. While the printed answer to this question in the senate agenda was in the negative,Sonawane alleged that monetary exchange is rampant even in principals’ recruitment.

Considering that the colleges are facing various issues in finding the right candidate to fill these posts,senate members A P Kulkarni,Dr Gajanan Ekbote and Nandkumar Nikam also suggested the amendment of university statutes. Inconsistency in the guidelines of selection committee,professors becoming ineligible for the 1982 pension scheme and administrative hitches that keep professors from taking up the post of principals were some of the reasons cited by the trio.

According to Ekbote,the university statutes are 28 years’ old and its guidelines are not consistent with other educational councils that were formed later. Kulkarni said confusion still prevails over whether a particular officer should be present to take a recruitment interview.

Nikam pointed out that if a professor is promoted as principal,he/ she is ineligible for the 1982 pension scheme. He also said if a professor is granted lean period by an educational institute,the institute cannot hire a full-time employee for that post,which is another hurdle to promote professors as principals.

Nikam suggested that like the Mumbai university,UoP should give tentative approval to newly-recruited principals for about 10 days so that they will be assured of their job.

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