RTI query casts doubts on Deccan College appointments

An RTI query related to the Deccan College has revealed that several appointments,including that of the registrar,made in the college in the past few years have been against norms.

Written by Pupul Chatterjee | Pune | Published: March 30, 2012 1:23 am

An RTI query related to the Deccan College has revealed that several appointments,including that of the registrar,made in the college in the past few years have been against norms. The college officials,however,denied allegations saying that the right questions were not asked in the RTI application.

In the case of appointment of the registrar,the RTI reply has revealed that though the registrar had reached the retirement age of 58,he was re-appointed by the college,said RTI applicant Iqbal M Ansari.

Not only this,norms have also been flouted in appointment of four other teachers. As per norms,these teachers require a minimum of 15 years of experience and doctorate degrees. However,the teachers do not fulfill norms,added Ansari.

“I have been filing RTI applications since 2010,but the college did not give an adequate response. I approached the University Grants Commission,the appellate authority in this case,as Deccan College is a deemed university. They also refused to provide certain documents saying such information is confidential and some other documents have been misplaced from college records. However,through other sources,I procured their copies,which means the college is very much in possession of them,” said Ansari.

VP Bhatta,director,Deccan College,said,“Being a deemed university,the process of appointments in our college is governed by a separate set of rules under the Government of Maharashtra,that are approved by the Bombay High Court. All the said appointments were made as per norms which requires our selection committee to recommend the names to the management council,which in turn is approved by the state government. The selection committee includes the director and joint director of the college,three subject experts and representatives of state government and Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribes committee.” He added that as the college specialises in fundamental research,for many posts,not a single application is received and as a result the college has to select from a pool of researchers available to them.

“The RTI query did not ask these questions,so we did not furnish these details. The registrar has not been re-appointed,he has just been given a one-year extension for pursuing certain pending proposals. He is being paid from the college corpus fund and not the state or central government funds. This is validated by the Maharashtra Appointments Rules,1984. A copy of the minutes of the management council meetings was asked for,but for all universities such meetings are strictly confidential and are not be revealed in the public domain,” Bhatta said.

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